The Spice of Success
If “failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor” (Truman Capote), how spicy do you like your success stories?
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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