Friday, December 14, 2012

What does success mean?

I've heard a lot of talk lately about what it is like to feel a failure. Most people understand that concept but I've been thinking what does success actually mean? According to the dictionary:

suc·cess (sk-ss)
1. The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted: attributed their success in business to hard work.
a. The gaining of fame or prosperity: an artist spoiled by success.
b. The extent of such gain.
3. One that is successful: The plan was a success.
4. Obsolete A result or an outcome.
[Latin successus, from past participle of succdere, to succeed; see succeed.]

When did success become synonymous with wealth?

What about the hundreds of personal successes an individual can have in a day? Finding the location when you're no sense of direction. Finishing that short story or novel. Taking joy in a finished project or a cake that looks just right. Why is it that if there is no finical gain, it doesn't count? Or unless someone else calls you a success you aren't allowed to feel that way?

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