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The definition of success by ChrisIsLife The definition of success by ChrisIsLife
What is success? How do you define it?

I've been looking at my life and debating my personal success. I'm doing superb at work, having achieved what promises to be an obscene paycheck and a position of power, and moderately well in my home life. My social life, however, is rather poor in contrast to some of my friends. Is this success?

I kind of think so. I believe my lack of social standing is due to my abstaining from certain... social activities that many people seek out because of my own personal standards. Despite this I am finding myself reunited with old senior high friends on a suspiciously frequent basis.

I find my own current status to be fairly successful, having taken what I had and improved on it, in what I believe to be a major way.

I have to ponder though, is there some aspect I'm missing? Some flaw in my own actions or personality that is indicative of failure? It's an interesting thought, and I figured I'd share it. Your turn!

I'm not asking for your input on my situation, but rather that you share your thoughts on success, and personal achievement. If you have the time and patience to share it, you could even give me one of your stories as I have given you mine.
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ConsidSelf Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
The following is a quote! Origin author is Nick Bertke

I don’t think success can be measured. I think success is defined by your expectations, aspirations, and attitudes towards reaching them. I also don’t think success is ever an end result, because no one ever reaches a junction and decides to stop trying. That seems to be the way of things. It’s rather like evolution.

Because success can’t really be measured, it is also difficult to compare. For example, a beginner motorcyclist might not ride as proficiently as the professional next to him, but he’s getting out there and living the dream of learning. To him, this is success. To the professional, the beginner’s performance might be considered a failure. I think success is subjective.

Today’s education system will tell you otherwise. It will teach you to prioritize goals and ideals other than your own, which seems backwards in a world where success is subjective to the person pursuing it.

For example, Jane is an avid illustrator and fills her schoolbooks with drawings whenever the teacher isn’t looking. Jane does this because she knows the education system has an agenda for her that she does not want. If Jane’s teacher were to catch her drawing in class, she would be punished in front of her classmates and encouraged to believe that her own goals are of no value and should be discarded. Not only is Jane’s freethinking and self-identity now jeopardized, but she is now at risk of discarding what is important to her and never achieving her own success. If Jane were to leave the classroom and walk into a publisher interested in her work, her teacher and education would systematically deem her a failure.

One size doesn’t fit all because success is different for everyone. It’s funny how the world seems backwards sometimes.
womenslifelink Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011

I just wanted to let you know that I love you photo and that I posted with a page on my website. Of course, I gave you credit and a link back here. If you have any objections to this, please let me know asap so I can take it down.

Thanks so much,

IntimateAneurysm Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
I'm actually in a very similar position, though not exact. I think that success is a type of happiness. Are you living so that you find yourself satisfied with the way you live now, but driven by what's to come? Have you reached or are you reaching your goals? I'm still trying to figure it out myself...

I love this piece, by the way! The lighting is way cool and I love the use of the key... c:
Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think success is merely a state of mind; you have to follow your own conscience to know whether you've accomplished what you wanted or not. If you don't really feel you are complete and something's missing, then look on! And never stop till you find it.

Also, I think success is to always be yourself and stay true to your convictions.. to laugh much and love even more :) That's just a small part of what I think; there's a considerably better version, and also equally brief, by Ralph Waldo Emerson: [link]
I love it :heart:
BarflyDance Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
angel5ive83 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
U've been featrued [link]
Metide Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
cool work! ;)
Psio3kx Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007   Writer
i think success is attaining any goals you set yourself, then to set new ones.
SS116 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
i think success is anything that teaches you something, even if it is failure.
Cursed-Beauty47 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007   Writer
This is amazing awsome work.
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