How do you define success?
Granted, if you’re reading an article such as this your definition is likely to be more well thought out than many people.
So let’s phrase it this way:
How do you think most people define success?
Well, one way to answer this is to look at who society, specifically the media, celebrates beyond all others.
These people have two important characteristics:
- Riches beyond necessity
- International fame
It definitely is not what you and I may want to celebrate in people, such as one’s behavioural attributes and/or contributions towards society.
I’m fully aware, of course, that people such as this are celebrated in the media.
I’m speaking primarily of those who are most celebrated in public.
You see more magazine covers, more adverts, more billboards, more interviews and more attention going towards the latest pop star than you do the most innovative new philanthropist. We can accept this as fact.
Thus, we as a culture are led to assume that those which are most celebrated have achieved goals that are surely the most wanted by all, right?
If you were to put in front of the world as the cornerstone of achievement 5 people who achieved the ability to fly, surely you are suggesting these people have achieved a goal others would benefit from achieving, inspired and interested by, indicating they are doing well in life.
Whilst the relationship between money and happiness is a separate topic in itself, today I’d like to discuss with you the other question that the vast majority of people in western society do not ask themselves ever in their life:
Are famous people happy?