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What does Success mean to you?

Oxford Dictionary defines Success as:
i) the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status  or
ii)the accomplishment of an aim or purpose

We are everyday fed with images  of successful people – celebrities,  royalty, millionaires, sportsmen, technopreneurs etc by media and newspapers and our notions of success are largely influenced by these media.  We have always equated success with economic freedom, career and money.  We cannot forget that such a definition of success creates also a very bad image of one who is not successful as a ‘loser in life’.

We  create icons of celebrities and sportsmen and we expect them to be ‘’ideal’’.  But, we later come to realise that they have their own set of problems.  Our parents, teachers and role-models shape our ideas of success from very early in life.  So some concepts are driven in our minds from young.  It is important to unlearn these ideas and break out from these moulds if we are to be successful.

We forget that it is impossible to be successful at everything in life.   A person who is highly successful in his career gets to spend very little time with family  Do we enjoy what we do in life?   Are we contented with our achievements ?  Are we happy and can we share this happiness with our family, friends and society?  These are some questions that also define how successful we are.

It is not wrong to be ambitious and to create wealth.  But when greed takes over and we try to be successful by any means then success can also corrupt.  Billionaires like Bill Gates and Warren Gates have pledged more than 50% of their wealth to charity and this has spurred billionaires  in many parts of the world to do the same.   Social responsibility has become a key component of a successful business practice.

What makes you most happy and feeds your soul? By pursuing  goals that align with our values and  nature and not living on borrowed goals,  by giving our best shot and sharing our joys with family , friends and society we can become more happy and contented.  One mans  idea of success may differ from that of another.  What does Success mean to you?

Here is an interesting TED talk by Älan de Botton on a kinder, gentler philosophy of success:

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  1. April 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    excellent blog. i think this is something we need to look into in our selves. Success and what it really means to us?

  2. April 11, 2011 at 3:52 am

    In my opinion, success is when you understand what your purpose is in life, and you achieve your goals within that purpose. It is when you use your purpose to help benefit others for the greater good in life. Making the most out of your life’s true purpose in whatever positive way you can is what makes a person successful. It doesn’t always mean being a billionaire. A person could be a good mother, father, sibling, or friend. It takes a really special person to understand their purpose and share all of their positive qualities to help make the world a better place for someone in whatever way they can. I enjoyed reading your post.

    • April 11, 2011 at 4:45 am

      Thanks for those nice thoughts on success!

  3. April 11, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Great post! This is a nice way of letting people reflect on their goals in life.
    I think success has different meanings depending on who you ask. I asked this question to some friends of mine and it was a long debate.

    For me, Success come down to how much of you investments paid of in the years. By investments I mean education and social connections.

    • April 11, 2011 at 8:46 am

      Hi aggaquino – thanks for your comment:)

  4. April 12, 2011 at 10:05 am

    wooah! this is such an apt post for me to read at this time..
    first of all sanjeev thank you for dropping by my blog and giving an amazing comment
    what you wrote about success being relative is so true…how much is a lot and how much is not..we spend all our lives in changing our boundary lines of success and failures…most of the times we dont even know we have achieved what we had once though about.
    success for me is realizing simple victories in life.
    it all lies in how we define it…!

    • April 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      hi ram santosh.. thanks for that encouragement and glad that you found this post useful:)

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