Episode 2

Published on:

31st Jan 2023

Beyond the Pursuit of Happiness: A Dopamine-Driven Exploration of Fulfillment, Purpose, and The Meaning of Life

In this podcast, we will challenge the common belief that happiness is the ultimate goal in life. We will explore the idea that fulfillment and purpose go beyond the pursuit of happiness, and delve into the science of dopamine and how it plays a role in finding fulfillment. Rene shares personal stories and insights on how he has found fulfillment and purpose in life. Join us as we explore the true meaning and purpose of life.

”When the flood comes, I want to be the one that built the ark.”

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Show Highlights:

01:14 - Is it really the pursuit of “happiness”

02:27 - We were wrong about dopamine

04:30 - Examples of Dopamine Sources

06:55 - The Downside of Pursuit of Dopamine

11:00 - It’s more than the goal, it’s how we REACH the goal

12:08 - The Power of Suffering

14:14 - What IS suffering

15:40 - “When the flood comes, I want to be the one that built the ark”

18:55 - We experience joy in setting and making progress towards a goal, NOT in achievement

20:10 - Why SHOULDN’T happiness be your goal?

23:50 - Who I am + What I Do = Purpose

25:05 - Happiness and Fulfillment are related, but happiness isn’t always fulfilling

26:45 - People Aren’t Remembered for their “why”

31:30 - Reframing suffering and service


33:50 - @learnwithrene on Instagram


About the Podcast

Dive deep into the applicable neuroscience of becoming a better communicator, influencer, and leader.
René Rodriguez takes the neuroscience and psychology behind our behaviors, simplifies it, and combines that with an acute understanding of self-awareness, emotions, storytelling, body language, and more to help each of us better deliver our ideas to others. The result is the ability to enhance our message delivery and connect with our audience whether that audience is one person in front of you, 100, or 1,000 and up. And in the process, we influence outcomes and improve our lives by having a greater impact on the world.

About your host

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Rene Rodriguez

For over two decades, René has been researching and applying behavioral neuroscience as a dynamic keynote speaker, leadership advisor, world class sales expert, and renowned speaker coach. He has also trained more than 100,000 people in applying behavioral psychology and neurology methodologies to solve some of the toughest challenges in leadership, sales and change.