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Twelve Weeks to Finding Happiness: A Boot Camp for Building Happier People Spiral-bound – December 3, 2012
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Todd Patkin is forty-six years young, and hopes to help as many people as possible to live much happier and much less burdened lives.
Patkin was born into a family who loved him very much and gave him many opportunities. And yet, these privileges didn t translate to happiness. Throughout his growing-up years and even in high school and college he struggled with low self-esteem, being bullied, separation anxiety, and debilitating perfectionism.
Just as Patkin s perfect childhood didn t bring him happiness, neither did his perfect job. After graduating from Tufts University, Patkin joined the family business. He shouldered a lot of responsibility early on, and his first few years at Foreign Autopart (later Autopart International) were marked by even more anxiety and a driving desire to achieve. He was deeply stressed.
The first turning point in Patkin s journey to happiness came in his early twenties when a colleague introduced him to motivational speaker Tony Robbins. Robbins teachings showed Patkin that he could control his thoughts and reactions to the things that happened in his life, and they also gave him the tools to begin managing his overwhelming anxiety and insecurities.
Around this time Patkin also met his beautiful, wonderful wife, Yadira, who is his mainstay and one of his greatest teachers in how to live a truly happy life.
For the next decade, Patkin grew Foreign Autopart, motivated its employees, and welcomed his son, Josh, into the world. He thought he was living the good life...and then everything came crashing down.
After a perfect storm of mental and physical blows, Patkin suffered a crippling breakdown at the age of thirty-six. He couldn t work, exercise, laugh, or even reason, and he thought that, for all intents and purposes, life as he knew it was over. He didn t think he would ever be normal again.
To make a long story short, Patkin s breakdown was actually his breakthrough. He was no longer willing to ruin his own life, as he now realized he had been doing for the last three and a half decades. And today, Patkin can honestly say that he is a truly happy and fairly relaxed person.
Patkin now also realizes that his past bouts of depression, anxiety, and even his breakdown itself are not reasons for shame. Instead, they are the very common results of living lives based on our culture s skewed definition of success an achievement that comes at the expense of balance, family, and, thus, happiness.
Ultimately, Patkin believes that he was put on this earth and made to go through so much unhappiness and anxiety so that he could one day be able to help others learn to become much happier themselves. And if Finding Happiness improves your life in any way, then Patkin s greatest ambition will have been fulfilled.
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