Friday, October 22, 2010

What is success, is it Important?

‘Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.’ ~Albert Einstein
Obviously, the first problem with success is how you define success … is it becoming famous, rich, creating a world-changing business, coming up with an idea that changes people’s lives, helping others, being happy? So many people with values similar to mine would reject the traditional definitions of success: being rich or famous or having a best-selling book or creating a huge business is not all there is to life.


There are other problems, though. Whatever your definition of success, it’s something you’re looking for … something that exists in the future. It’s based on your desire to achieve something, your feelings that you’re not where you want to be.



That’s true not just of the rich, but of anyone who strives for success. Striving is a condition that doesn’t have an end, unless you give it up.

Success isn’t about achieving something in the future, but about doing something right now that you love.

So doesn’t that mean I care about success? Well, sure, if you define success as whatever it is you care about, then of course you’re going to care about success. But then “success” really doesn’t have a meaning, does it? If it can mean anything, then it means nothing.

So forget about “success”, and just find joy, passion, love, awesome-ness right now, in this moment. *That* is a success you can achieve, without any self-help course, without any method. Just go out and do it.

28 comments:

  1. Success is very important to me

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  2. In my eyes, being successful is being happy :)

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  3. Very very.... VERY true. no one has the same definition of success and everyones path to success is different. Keep it up, I'll be back.

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  4. Dude, totally wraps up my thoughts on things !! Too bad my dad doesn't see it that way and although I'm conforming somewhat to his ideology of becoming a big business man and all, he still thinks I'm not giving it enough and probably will end up disappointing him...

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  5. Very inspiring note. You have such a great thought :) Thanks for sharing this with me
    Risma

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  6. You have such a beautiful thought. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing this
    Risma

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  7. great written text! well done!

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  8. For me success is just being able to support my family and me being able to buy them fun things

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  9. Good advice. Einstein was great man!

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  10. Great post, thanks for it!

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  11. great post yo! Really enjoyed it!

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  12. Inspirational post. Following.

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  13. Never cared for sucess myself, I enjoy the little things in life already =]

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  14. Good read, thanks

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  15. that is so true... although speaking of values he did make the nuclear bomb possible...

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  16. I hope I'm successful in getting the job I want and am going to college for and someday being a successful parent

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  17. what if blogging is my passion?

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  18. I agree, no method is needed for gaining success, just don't give up or go after the wrong goals/ values. Just have fun in the moment :)

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  19. I think it's important to an extent

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  20. That's some good advice.

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  21. most people these days measure success by how much money they make... and that is sad..

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