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Discussion #15 - Success

As much as the world loves to categorize people as winners and losers, we human beings are far more complex and interesting than this. The psychology behind the world's obsession with success is not rocket science. We are quite simply attempting to establish or increase our perceived significance, contribute to, provide for, and live well within our given or chosen societies.

Everyone has a different definition of what success is for them.
Some would say it's a great family life, some would say financial, friends, health, etc. The priority mix is always unique. The common denominator, is that almost everyone wants it, & to be perceived as having it. It's a fantastic motivator, can be extremely exciting to strive for/achieve & (without obsession), is very healthy.

Another common denominator, is that almost everyone is very concerned about providing a good quality of life for their families, & for themselves. This creates a bit of a problem for the western world, as many middle class jobs slowly & quietly migrate east. From 1940 to 1970(ish) companies in the west prioritized treating (& paying) their people well. Then things started to change, & companies began prioritizing shareholders & owners more (who are not evil people). It's just that things are now getting far too extreme, & the short-term bottom line is all that matters to large western companies.

Meanwhile, countries like India and China are enjoying a rising middle class (which is a good thing). In essence, our loss is their gain. The big danger here (& what we are all seeing), is that a lot of hard feelings are beginning to develop, as people's livelihoods & lifestyles are very important to everyone. This is a very big issue, & it's about time we start openly discussing it between countries. Globalization is going to continue happening, whether we like it or not. The most important aspect of this new global village that we're living in, is that we all need to get along & be fair with each other. All human beings are of equal worth on this planet, & it's about time we all get over ourselves & really believe this. Many people pay lip service to equality, but deep down inside believe they are vastly superior. If we truly believe in equality & make decisions accordingly, the global economy will evolve naturally & we will all enjoy a much better quality of life.

The obsession for success is fairly extreme in our world today. Some might say it's become a bit of a religion for many. To be perceived as not having it in many of the richer countries, is viewed as being almost on par with having a deadly disease. Unfortunately, an unhealthy preoccupation with achieving success could potentially contribute to this occurring. The trick here is to monitor how your work activities are making you feel. If you're noticing a lot of stress, it may be time to make some changes (and I don't mean quit necessarily). Virtually any form of work can be extremely enjoyable with the right attitude.

Achieving success can be the most exciting experience on earth, and it can also be the most stressful. My personal opinion is that the people who succeed the most are actually enjoying the process as well. It not only enhances your frame of mind, but also gives you more energy, stamina, creativity, and clarity of thought. Many of the world's most successful people live to be a ripe and healthy old age. All of this is assuming that economic conditions in your country are not completely oppressive, which unfortunately is a massive problem for many in the world today.

Also, it's not just the most glamorous and exciting of careers that are necessarily the most rewarding and enjoyable. I personally believe that if a person finds the job or career that suits their (your) personality the best, then they (you) will never work a day in your life! How can you actually call it work if you are enjoying yourself most of the time (except that you're getting paid to do it!). Similarly, if a high-paying (normally high-stress) career is what thrills and excites you, then go for it! But, if your version of happiness is just to enjoy your life (most of the time), then in my book (and in reality), that is extreme success as well. This is because most people are far too busy and focussed on their own lives, to have the time or serious interest in being impressed by ours. That and there are not enough glamour jobs to go around.
Discussion #15 - Success

As much as the world loves to categorize people as winners and losers, we human beings are far more complex and interesting than this. The psychology behind the world's obsession with success is not rocket science. We are quite simply attempting to establish or increase our perceived significance, contribute to, provide for, and live well within our given or chosen societies.

Everyone has a different definition of what success is for them.
Some would say it's a great family life, some would say financial, friends, health, etc. The priority mix is always unique. The common denominator, is that almost everyone wants it, & to be perceived as having it. It's a fantastic motivator, can be extremely exciting to strive for/achieve & (without obsession), is very healthy.

Another common denominator, is that almost everyone is very concerned about providing a good quality of life for their families, & for themselves. This creates a bit of a problem for the western world, as many middle class jobs slowly & quietly migrate east. From 1940 to 1970(ish) companies in the west prioritized treating (& paying) their people well. Then things started to change, & companies began prioritizing shareholders & owners more (who are not evil people). It's just that things are now getting far too extreme, & the short-term bottom line is all that matters to large western companies.

Meanwhile, countries like India and China are enjoying a rising middle class (which is a good thing). In essence, our loss is their gain. The big danger here (& what we are all seeing), is that a lot of hard feelings are beginning to develop, as people's livelihoods & lifestyles are very important to everyone. This is a very big issue, & it's about time we start openly discussing it between countries. Globalization is going to continue happening, whether we like it or not. The most important aspect of this new global village that we're living in, is that we all need to get along & be fair with each other. All human beings are of equal worth on this planet, & it's about time we all get over ourselves & really believe this. Many people pay lip service to equality, but deep down inside believe they are vastly superior. If we truly believe in equality & make decisions accordingly, the global economy will evolve naturally & we will all enjoy a much better quality of life.

The obsession for success is fairly extreme in our world today. Some might say it's become a bit of a religion for many. To be perceived as not having it in many of the richer countries, is viewed as being almost on par with having a deadly disease. Unfortunately, an unhealthy preoccupation with achieving success could potentially contribute to this occurring. The trick here is to monitor how your work activities are making you feel. If you're noticing a lot of stress, it may be time to make some changes (and I don't mean quit necessarily). Virtually any form of work can be extremely enjoyable with the right attitude.

Achieving success can be the most exciting experience on earth, and it can also be the most stressful. My personal opinion is that the people who succeed the most are actually enjoying the process as well. It not only enhances your frame of mind, but also gives you more energy, stamina, creativity, and clarity of thought. Many of the world's most successful people live to be a ripe and healthy old age. All of this is assuming that economic conditions in your country are not completely oppressive, which unfortunately is a massive problem for many in the world today.

Also, it's not just the most glamorous and exciting of careers that are necessarily the most rewarding and enjoyable. I personally believe that if a person finds the job or career that suits their (your) personality the best, then they (you) will never work a day in your life! How can you actually call it work if you are enjoying yourself most of the time (except that you're getting paid to do it!). Similarly, if a high-paying (normally high-stress) career is what thrills and excites you, then go for it! But, if your version of happiness is just to enjoy your life (most of the time), then in my book (and in reality), that is extreme success as well. This is because most people are far too busy and focussed on their own lives, to have the time or serious interest in being impressed by ours. That and there are not enough glamour jobs to go around.