Success is a word that can be defined differently by different people in different situations and at different times. The definition of success varies in our minds through our life’s experiences, dictionaries, and various interpretations by people. This essay tries to define success in life experiences, dictionaries and other perceived definitions.
According to marketers in the modern society having lots of money, living in a big house, and owning all of the latest cars, fashions, and technology are the key to happiness, and therefore success. True success demands respect, appreciation, integrity, and patience compared to what marketers want us to believe that pursuing money and fame yields happiness. In a moral perspective money can make life easier but it can’t make it better and can alter moral standards of a human.
Some people perceive success as popularity and fame but mostly the popular people have less confidence, talent, and freedom than those who follows the mainstreams of culture. . In the words of Tony Long, a journalist for Wired News, “What is a hipster, after all, other than a successful slave to the dictates of the pop culture police?” A “hipster” is a mindless conformist locked in a hopeless struggle to keep up with the current fads. This vision has turned people into a nation of allegorical sheep. Contrary to the popular myth, money does not buy happiness or make a successful person.
According to Ralph Waldo Emerson to have succeeded is to laugh often and much, winning respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, earning the appreciation of honest critics and enduring the betrayal of false friends, appreciating beauty and to leave the world a bit better knowing that one life has breathed easier because one lived. He stresses a successful person as a model to be admired and to be strived for.
As per Bill Fitzpatrick, a successful person is strong when toughness is required and patient when understanding is needed. This means that during hard times one is able to persevere and to press on and when times demand a little patience one is able to understand.
Various dictionaries explain success as follows: according to American Heritage Dictionary success is the achievement of something desired or planned, or attempted. The Webster dictionary describes the favorable or prosperous termination of anything attempted; a termination which answers the purpose intended; properly in a good sense, but often in a bad sense.
Basing from the above arguments, success is not an easy a process and no one is truly successful. Becoming successful demands practice and working to attain it by modeling respect, appreciation, integrity, and patience which are the virtues of happiness which gradually yields happiness and ultimately success
Going by the words of Theodore Roosevelt word “It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strive valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause. Who at the best, knows in the end the triumphs of high achievement, and who, at the worst, at least falls while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. ” it is therefore prudent to say that success is setting up personal goals and following through with them irrespective of whether desired results have been achieved or not.