Look­ing ahead to 2017, thank God.

GQ (Australia) - - INSIDE - Nick Smith

Well, thank fuck that’s over. You could al­most hear peo­ple the world over ex­pel those words like a Mex­i­can wave of mass re­lief as the clock struck mid­night in suc­ces­sion around the globe on Jan­uary 1, 2017. Feigned en­thu­si­asm re­placed the usual rev­elry for ring­ing in the New Year through sheer ex­haus­tion from 2016 – a year that for all in­tents and pur­poses, sucked. It’s al­most too much to think just how much crap­ness was crammed into those 366 days. From ter­ror­ism in Paris, Or­lando and Nice to ab­sur­dity in US and Bri­tish pol­i­tics that saw, well you know what it saw – the shock and awe of world events be­came so shock­ing and aw­ful that at times it was hard to be­lieve they were true. Then to top it all off, the mum from The Brady Bunch died, al­most like a metaphor to say that good­ness and sweet­ness has def­i­nitely left the earth. We lost a gen­er­a­tion of tal­ent last year, too, with RIP’S to David Bowie, Prince, Gene Wilder and Alan Rick­man. It was enough for us to throw our hands up in the air and say, “What’s the use?” On a per­sonal level, I ad­mit, 2016 re­ally got to me. It was the first time I’d ex­pe­ri­enced real sear­ing pain and loss when my dear fa­ther passed away from a coura­geous but damn ter­ri­ble bat­tle with brain can­cer. Even though I was pre­pared for what would be the end to that chap­ter in mine and his life, noth­ing could pre­pare me for the re­al­ity that sad­ness lingers long af­ter you put some­one so close to rest. They say life goes on, but to me, get­ting through to the end of 2016 was like crawl­ing to the fin­ish line of a Tough Mud­der ob­sta­cle course – bat­tered, bruised and caked in shit. You’ll for­give me then, with this New Year edi­tion of GQ Aus­tralia, for delv­ing a lit­tle deeper into the tools you’ll need to get into 2017. Suc­cess has al­ways been our driv­ing fac­tor with our Back to Work is­sue, but what is suc­cess with­out the thing we all are re­ally af­ter – hap­pi­ness? For that, jour­nal­ist Michael Pa­ter­niti tracked down the guy dubbed ‘The Happiest Man in the World’. His de­ter­mi­na­tion to find the tem­plate for how to be happy took him to Nepal to find a French sci­en­tist turned Bud­dhist monk by the name of Matthieu Ri­card, who as you’ll read (p116), oozes hap­pi­ness. The re­sult is an in­cred­i­ble read and one I think chal­lenges our tra­di­tional no­tions of suc­cess ver­sus hap­pi­ness and how we can achieve both. A lot of our void in hap­pi­ness, he thinks, comes down to ego. “Our at­tach­ment to ego is fun­da­men­tally linked to the suf­fer­ing we feel and the suf­fer­ing we in­flict on to oth­ers,” Ri­card tells Pa­ter­niti. “Free­dom is the op­po­site.” If that all sounds a lit­tle too self-helpy, we also have the tools to de­liver those out­ward signs of suc­cess in 2017. A crack­ing new work wardrobe in Out­fit­ter (p59) tak­ing in the new mood of re­laxed dress rules in the of­fice, the best in busi­ness travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion (p49) and our pick of the cars that will tell the world you mean busi­ness this year (p78). Lastly, as an ac­cep­tance of the crazy world we live in, GQINC. (p85) takes a look at Donald Trump’s rules of busi­ness. Hey, if Trump can make it to the Oval Of­fice, there must be some­thing he can teach us. En­joy the is­sue,

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