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March 4, 2013

Happy is …

by The 401k Study Group ®





Happy – A Documentary Trailer from Wadi Rum Films on Vimeo.


In 2009,thanks to Bernie Madoff, Wall Street, and various perpetrators in the mortgage food chain, we were congratulated in a broker-dealer conference for being ranked below lawyers and used car salesmen in public opinion. It was a difficult thing to experience triggering self doubt and remorse. Were we worse than the ambulance chasers? Would that be our legacy. Fight or flight? Unfortunately, the lizard brain, the amygdala was tuned in and flight was on the mind. Teaching and coaching here we come! But, what would the clients, many of them friends and confidantes do in the aftermath.  Fortunately, the fight signals kicked in,too,or so we thought , leading a journey to create The 401k Study Group.

Fast forward over 3 years. Watching and appreciating the documentary “Happy” we uncover the real reason why we created The 401k Study Group. Dopamine! Our lizard brains were not chiefly responsible for the creative outburst that would become the launching pad for our group. It was the Pre Frontal Cortex, our new brain, the dopamine manufacturer. Human beings have developed an innate longing to serve in community, to share, to grow, to learn, to collaborate, to release dopamine, to be happy. Tim Ferris, author of the 4 Hour Work Week and The 4 Hour Body,  said, at the WordPress conference, I blog for 3 reasons

To Love, To Be Loved and To Never Stop Learning.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves and remember

“(k)ollaboration is the new Competition”

Let’s Get Happy!


The 401k Study Group







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