“I was most unhappy at work when I was making the most money and the biggest amount of success.” 

From a successful career at Google, to the journey of making 1 billion people happy.

That is the story of Mo Gawdat, the former Chief Business Officer of Google X, author of Solve for Happy and Founder of One Billion Happy

It’s an episode full of wisdom, honesty and candid reflections. 

In today’s 40 Minute Mentor Replay, Mo shares his incredible story, including spending 25 years in tech and the devastating experience of losing his son in 2014 which set him on a completely new path. 

Today’s episode topics: 

➡️  Heartbreak and loss, finding a new purpose in pain [04:31]

➡️  The beginning of his happiness journey [06:34]

➡️  Going viral with 1 Billion Happy [07:44]

➡️  Committed acceptance in the face of grief [09:29]

➡️  Anger lessons from Gandhi’s grandson [13:26]

➡️  Mo’s work as a happiness engineer [15:27]

➡️  The three ingredients for success [20:14]

➡️  Finding your purpose by knowing what doesn’t resonate [23:12]

➡️  The infinite game called life [25:08]

➡️  Finding micro-purposes in the everyday [27:40]

➡️  The power of making happiness a choice [33:05]

➡️  Definition of happiness is and the golden age of compassion [34:32]

➡️  Allowing yourself to be a mentee, using your circle of support [37:31] 

➡️  The problem with being remembered… [39:34]

Helpful links:

➡️ Connect with Mo: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mogawdat/
➡️ Find out more about One Billion Happy: http://onebillionhappy.org/
➡️ Listen to Mo’s podcast, Slow Mo: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/slo-mo-a-podcast-with-mo-gawdat/id1508914142 

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