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In Pursuit of Happiness

Want to lead a happier, healthier and wealthier life? Start by practicing self-control.

This story appears in the October 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Most of us have heard the phrase "health, wealth and happiness." But what actually brings health, wealth and happiness? Is it success, and success alone?

My poor dad was a successful man. He had a Ph.D. and was well-respected and accomplished. But he had poor health, very little wealth and was rarely happy. He smoked two packs of cigarettes a day, eventually dying of lung cancer. He made a lot of money as a government official but never invested it. He wasn't happy with his success. In his mind, he needed to accomplish more.

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