The majority of people aim to be successful and put many efforts for it. With such a widely spread goal, many people accept success as a notion that needs no explanations. Consequently, the most commonly accepted pattern followed by people implies that success is popularity, general recognition, love and money. However, there is an essential aspect that is omitted in the above mentioned definition. The circumstances and psychological peculiarities of people can differ and lead to different life priorities and personal goals. In such a way, success can be defined as human achievements in different spheres that depend on both – the exterior recognition and inner self-satisfaction. This paper will show that success has some generally common components, but is individual because of various personal expectations.
Success is usually perceived as real one only if it is well-known throughout some definite social circles. Such popularity is often spread by means of different types of mass media including magazines, internet or TV. It is always more wisely to pay attention to the opinions of people, who are aware of what they talk about. Hence, though there exist a number of definitions of success, there are good reasons to refer to those that were given by successful people. Among such, Merriam-Webster stated that it is “achieving wealth, respect and fame” (Baer). Such point of view is widely spread throughout the globe. There are many evidences that support such claim. Successful people are in the public eye, give interviews and show the others the example of how to reach what is needed and become happy. For separate people, the interest and respect of other people about their lives is the indicator of being better than others. In business, a good example is how the promotion is the evidence of the worker’s success. For the company owner, appreciation and respect toward the organization in general is the indicator of success that makes the profit and the ratings grow, the better professionals become the workers. Therefore, in many cases, the financial side and reputation is the evidence of success.
Money and wealth make up a great part of prosprity. The main evidence for this is the fact that one can hardly find a poor person, who would be considered as a successful one. In the existing societies all around the globe success is associated with “high-achieving business people” (Malone). Probably, the main reason for this is the immense influence of money on all life spheres. One cannot afford anything but moral satisfaction to self without finances. Furthermore, if success is strongly associated with social and public recognition wealth is a way to demonstrate the achievements to the outer world by means of presenting the amount of the material benefits. Such way is generally known in the society as it is much more difficult to show the inner moral state to a great amount of strangers. Additionally, Jacob Needleman emphasized that the role of money for the human feeling of success is great as they “make people feel powerful and giddy” (Malone). Although it is far not always justified, such state fattens the ego and brings satisfaction to people. As a result, wealth makes many people feel successful. It becomes obvious that having money influences not just the financial state and material possibilities. Apart from minimizing the number of problems, their main role is that it changes the inner state of people as well as their perception by others.
The constant work and planning are inevitable components of success. In any business, the success is based on the workers’ and customers’ satisfaction in general. However, each separate individual is also of great importance for understanding how success is achieved. Active and practical engagement into work and “being immersed into it” is Richard Branson’s way to become successful (Baer). Thomas Edison’s reflections led him to the conclusion that success is grind and very hard work. Although success can hardly be reached without these components, for some reasons, not all hard work leads to success.
The final, but the most important component of success is the psychological one. For Arianna Huffington, success consists of such components as money, power, and psychological life contributors that comprise “well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving” (Baer). According to John Wooden, success should be strongly associated with satisfaction and “peace of mind” (Baer). Tony Hsieh paid particular attention to the connection of success to the “personal core values of the individual” (Baer). One can see that the evidence for such thoughts is closely interconnected with how the leader’s beliefs and values influence the work and overall culture of the organization. Maya Angelou emphasized that success cannot be achieved without enjoying the work. People have to like what they do in order to find the most interesting and the best ways to grow and develop business or any other task. At the same time, lack of the positive disposition predetermined by self-actualization and getting the desired cannot bring enough satisfaction to people. Consequently, success that is not followed by happiness cannot be considered as the real one. The reason is that success is something strongly desired that cannot result in disappointment or frustration. Winston Churchill marked out that success cannot exist without enthusiasm; and it is well-know that human enthusiasm is the inner motivation. The supportive description of success as “a matter of constant growth” was offered by Deepack Chopra (Baer). As one can see, his views are closely connected with the above mentioned on self-satisfaction and development as the inseparable parts of the notion definition.
Success has a number of definitions, aspects and components. Stephen Covey stated that it is “categorically individual” (Baer). Each separate definition for each separate person is different. Nevertheless, there are some common characteristics that can let one unify the notions of success among the representatives of the similar life values and conditions. Therefore, one can define the success as earning good money, being constantly attached to work or other tasks that is recognized by others and supported by the inner feeling of satisfaction of a person.
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Malone, Michael S. “Money and the Meaning of Life”. Fast Company. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.