Friday 5 October 2012

Define success...

A few days ago, a friend of friend announced in the middle of a get-together that they had passed their driving test after several attempts. The announcement was followed by a loud cheer, a lot of ‘well dones’ and high fives but I wasn’t too impressed.

I like to think I am not the only one who is not always amazed by some achievements others deem praiseworthy. But out of courtesy, you feel the need to congratulate whoever’s brought the news. Or maybe it’s just me.

Basketball legend Michael Jordan once said “I have failed over and over in my life and that is why I succeed” and that begs a very important question, “is success defined by how much you have had to do or is it success regardless?”

A lot has been said about the objectivity of success and whether or not success can or should only be defined by whoever’s made the success. What do factors like happiness, satisfaction and peer appreciation have to do with it? Or maybe no one cares what a friend of a friend thinks?

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