Success: Your potential worst enemy

Its been a week since I have posted anything! Been busy and also have not known what to write about. 

This morning at work was/is hectic. In the sense that people obviously think I have four heads and eight arms, whenever they need something it is of utmost importance of course. Which then leads to them becoming disappointed when they have found out I have had to prioritize my unending stack of third party issues by order of importance. Sorry champ, your not the only one I work for!

That leads me to my perspective on success. 

From the time were are in school and for the rest of our lives it seems that “striving for success” is shoved involuntarily down our throats. We come to believe that we ultimately need to be successful to live a fulfilling life. Depending on a persons definition or vision of success it can either be beautiful or deadly. The common perspective of success is now going to a good post secondary school to obtain a fancy degree in order to get a fancy job which will allow you to live a fancy life. Success to many means working a job that pays well for the next 30 or 40 years even though you might actually despise it. Success can be in the form of being able to afford that fancy car or house, maybe both. 

Success in the most part has (to me) become a dirtied word with a misguided and distorted definition.

I don’t want to strive for success anymore, I am tired! Tired of society trying to convince me that if I fall out of the constraints of normal that I will ‘not’ be successful. I am tired of people I don’t even know trying to jam into my head that if I don’t go to school I will be ‘less successful’. I apologize that I don’t particularly want to spend $20,000 to $40,000 to learn something, whilst remembering that this will choose my career for the rest of my life. I apologize that I don’t know what I want to do with my life yet because I have a long fucking time to live still. I apologize that I believe educating myself will be more beneficial than paying for a government controlled course where I will sit in a classroom of 100 or more students while you fill my ears with boring lectures. I apologize that I would rather travel the world learning about languages, histories, cultures and the world itself than out of a book and confined to a classroom.

Don’t we have the right to live a happy life without the judgement of other crashing down on us? Maybe success to me is living my life the way I want to whether it be leading that fancy life or being a nomad. Forget about “striving for success” and start striving for happiness. 

Take a moment and think about your perspective on success.

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful.” 


(I may have to follow this up with a post about my perspective on freedom)


2 thoughts on “Success: Your potential worst enemy

  1. Pingback: Freedom: Are we free, or is that just a fantasy? | misguidedsouls

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