14 February 2011
A Natural Instinct
Success is the completion of a task or personal endeavor. There is substantial evidence linking success – including wealth, marriage, and friendships – to happiness (Schnittker). But people often see success as a feeling rather than a benchmark in their life. For someone to feel successful, happiness must exist somewhere in the equation. The right kind of happiness can lead to successful habits.
We've heard the classic expression, "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" Chickens hatch from the eggs, but the chickens, arousing endless debate over each side of the arguments, lay eggs. Well I have an equally controversially expression to perturb your mind, “ which came first, the success or the happiness?”
Herman Cain once wrote, “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” He describes success as a way of life and not something that you bump into one day down the road. In order to define success in relation to this statement, we must first define what it means to live successfully. There are three levels of success: societal success, personal success, and academic or
professional success. If all of these three levels of success are obtained, then that individual has certainly lived well.
Societal success is something obtained by aspiring to reach personal goals and dreams in cohorts with the goals that society has in store. Societal success also has a lot to do with the natural tendencies, we as human’s posses.
Common natural goals would be meeting someone, falling in love or getting married. Having a multitude of good friends, or meeting the right person would also be identified as having achieved socially. Going through high school and going on to college would most likely equate to this. Achieving success might even be starting a family and raising children. This...