My Definition of Success Essay

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Do you know someone rich and famous? Is that person confident, popular, and joyful all of the time—the epitome of mainstream success? Or, on the other hand, is the person stressed, having second thoughts about his life choices, and unsure about the meaning of his life? I am willing to bet that it is the second one. Mainstream marketing and media have effectively brainwashed our society into accepting a false, even potentially dangerous definition of success. Marketers want us to believe that having lots of money, living in a big house, and owning all of the latest cars, fashions, and technology is the key to happiness, and hence, success. This overstated, falsely advertised myth is hardly ever the case in real life. True success requires …show more content…
It also gives us a clue that success includes being able to face and overcome failure and struggles. Albert Einstein advises us to “try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” The focus on being a “person of value” stresses that the criteria for success is not money or power but integrity and compassion. Henry Ford identified the secret of a successful life as “to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” What these quotes have in common is that success involves principles beyond the material. The quotes identify determination, integrity, and self-fulfillment as essential characteristics of success.

Marketers want us to believe that living a selfish life, involving nothing but the pursuit of money and fame will bring success and happiness. Sadly, this is not true. Similarly, popularity and fame are hardly ever synonymous with success. Mind-numbing advertisements that are incessantly flaunted to Americans have become ingrained into memory and habit, altering the accepted definition of success into something shame-worthy. “Success” has been sadly commercialized to represent fame and popularity. Ironically, the most well-liked and popular people often have less confidence, talent, and freedom than those who choose to follow the compass of their
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