Improving Happiness & Success in Leadership, Career & Life
Author, Podcaster, HuffPost Contributor
& International Speaker
“Ambassador of Happiness”
SPC All College Day 2015
“Improving Happiness & Success
in Leadership, Career and Life”
Maura Sweeney - Presenter
Focus Today for Transformation
Your reflections, your perceptions, your
experiences & your inner truth
Harvard’s Happiness Advantage
Happiness fuels success . . .
NOT the other way around.
The commonly held formula for success is broken.
It says: “Pursue success and you’ll be happy.”
Degrees, Titles, Appearance, Money, Power, Partner & “Stuff”
Success keeps eluding us – and so does Happiness.
The Reverse Paradigm
Pursuing happiness can actually lead to success.
Up to 50% improvement in whatever you do.
Pursuing Happiness . . . .
Identifies and unleashes your true interests & passions
Cultivates your creativity, skills & genius
Develops confidence & self worth
Keeps you from comparing yourself negatively to others
Enables you to grow in skill, wisdom & generosity of spirit
Make Friends, Travel the World & Publish
GOAL: To be happy when I grew up.
My Path to Success: Not Happy
New Year’s Day 1982
Seton Hall Law School
New Jersey Law Career
Creative Outlet | Passion
Lots of People
Ambassador of Happiness
UNESCO Center for Peace
First Annual Nelson Mandela Day Celebration
Boston College | Seton Hall University Law School
HR Executive Recruiter | Outplacement Specialist
Business Center Management - Telecom Industry
Start up for International Corporation in Tampa
Business Co-Owner - Computer Industry
Home Schooling Parent | Volunteering
New Media Journalist, International Speaker, Publisher &
Inspirer living in Florida
Old Model of Leadership
from Musical Chairs onward
Scarcity, Fear & Negative Competition
New Leadership Paradigm for
Happiness & Success
Hub of Leadership/Influence with Spokes of Talent
What’s Your Backdrop?
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
World View / Backdrop #1
Victim of Fear in a Malevolent World
Victim / Victor (Abuser) Mentality
Fuels & Circulates Continual Fear
World View / Backdrop #2
Fosters Power, Confidence, Uplift & Love
The Beneficiary Mindset
Use your mind to inspire and empower yourself
Use your mind to change the world around you
Where Do I Start?
What were you daydreaming about / doing as a child?
Be led by your Inner Smile!
Pull and Develop Your String
ò Write, draw, record or capture a photo – image/feeling
ò Start connecting to happiness for 10 minutes a day
ò Explore, Read, Learn, Connect, Engage & Step Out
ò Meet together with people, groups, societies, etc.
ò Work your happiness into your NOW circumstances
ò Rinse and Repeat