Nicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 9 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 989 times:
Hey guys and girls,
I heard an ad on the radio this morning that makes me wonder. How would you measure success?
Would it be by someones bank account?
Or maybe how someones has helped people during his/her life?
Or even maybe how someone managed a good family life?
Maybe it could be the 3 above? But what if you miss only one item, could you just be unsuccessful?
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 42
Reply 12, posted (14 years 9 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 922 times:
Interesting question, and interesting replies. Success is definitely one of those subjective concepts that means different things to different people, so there is no concrete right or wrong answer. It all boils down to personal preference and priorities. If YOU think you have achieved success, then you are indeed successful!!!
What makes you happy?
Having a large bank acccount?
Having a wife, 2.5 kids, a white picket fence and a dog named Spot?
Having every stereo, jet ski, dune buggy and every other "toy" that excites you?
Living in solitude in a log cabin on your 500 acres in the Montana wilderness?
Having power over people?
Being held in high esteem by innumerable people?
Bedding as many women (or for some of you, men) as possible?
Just having a job you enjoy going to every day?
Having lots of friends?
And so on.
Of course, many of the above scenarios clash very vividly with each other. As an example, if happiness for you is predicated by having power over people, chances are, you aren't going to have many friends. It's the people that think they can do all of the above are the only ones that in my mind will never achieve succcess. You have too many conflicting priorities.
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (14 years 9 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 916 times:
I agree with the post that says 'how happy you are'. Sounds corny, but true. If a guy is content and happy in a 2400 sq. ft. home with 2 decent cars, a wife, 2 kids, a pet dog and a pet hamster, he is more successful than a guy you lives in a 4,000 sq. ft. home, that WANTS a 5,000 sq. ft. home; 2 BMWs, but he WANTS a Caddy and a Corvette, a wife, but he WANTS 2 girlfriends, 2 kids, but he WANTS no kids, a pet dog, but he WANTS a pet giraffe, and a hamster, but he WANTS a ring-tailed lemur. Get what I mean? OK, I confused myself.
Guerosinfe From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 9 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 895 times:
Happiness is good point, but you can measure other people happines, so I would say that it depends most on achievements and respect, if someone is really successful that person will have other's repsenct.
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (14 years 9 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 892 times:
I think when you boil it all down, one's personal satisfaction with themselves and their accomplishments is all that really matters.
Obviously, different people will be satisfied through different means, but I feel "satisfaction" is a sufficiently ambiguous, yet all ecompassing goal that one can truly classify it as universal.
Some people are able to justify leading lives of sorrow and suffering in the hope that they will acheive happiness in a higher world. That is why I don't say that happiness during life is a universal goal. However, I think we must always cling to some hope of reaching a level of contentment at some point in the future.
Despite our tremendous capacity for reason, we are still governed so heavily by our emotions. They are people who try and prove otherwise, and I think that they are fools for doing so.