My Definition of Success Essays

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When I think of success, I think of a bumper sticker I saw once which

read, “He who dies the most toys wins”. That has always stuck with me

because I have never thought of material possessions as the yard stick of

my success in life. As everyone wishes, I would like to be comfortable and

not always worrying about bills but, extravagance for the sake of status is

not success. I think success in a person is defined by happiness and

people’s pride in being a good person. Although, it is different for

everyone, no one can tell you if you were successful at something. In my

opinion, if you can look back and say you are happy and proud of your past

and present: you were successful.

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I started working for my mother

shortly before my thirteenth birthday; so I would develop a strong work

ethic and have the tools to work toward whatever I wanted. During the

years I worked for my mother I sculpted a strong sense of success that I

will never forget. Having watched her work very hard as I grew, I found it

easy to want to do a good job. At the time to the best job I could was me


Everyone wants to be successful. Everyone wants to think that they

are making the right choices and decisions. Far too often some base their

opinions on what society believes and not what they believe. A bank robber

is successful although, unethical and corrupt. He obviously sees no issue

with stealing as he obtained what he wanted and this makes him happy.

My grandfather has not been successful in life. My grandfather shares

many similarities with Willy Loman from Death of a Salesman by Arthur

Miller. Neither has ever really had a grasp on the difference between

popularity and success. Once again, confusing personal beliefs with their

view of how society views them. In my grandfather’s case, he felt he was

so successful and everyone else was not. In fact, they were so much

lesser than him. He thought they were just “turds”. In reality, he sold the

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