Definition of Success

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Do you know someone rich and famous? Is he confident, popular, and joyful all of the time? Or, on the other hand, is he stressed, having second thoughts about his life choices, and unsure about the meaning of his life? First, my view is that the definition of success has become distorted in our time. Mainstream marketing and media have effectively brainwashed our society into accepting a false meaning of success. The media want us to believe that having lots of money, living in a big house, and owning all of the latest cars, fashions, and technology is the key to happiness, and real success. True success requires respect, appreciation, integrity, and patience, which are traits that by human nature are difficult to get, especially in the face of the media who relentlessly deceive us, control our thoughts, and usurp our independence in order to increase their bottom line. In addition, marketers want us to believe that living a selfish life, involving nothing but the pursuit of money and fame will bring success and happiness. Sadly, this is not true. Money is comparable to a new toy, its fun while it is brand new and fresh, but terribly boring and unexciting after a few hours of play. Though money can buy conveniences and comforts, one needs much more than luxuries to live a successful, well-balanced life. Money does make life easier, but it does not necessarily make it better. For example, money can not make one knowledgeable or wise. That only comes with hard work and committed study. Finally, money can not help one forge a long-term relationship with husband or wife. That only comes through love, commitment, and sacrifice. All the money in the world cannot teach respect or courtesy, that only comes with a good up-bringing and a strong concern for the feelings of others. All of these traits of knowledge, wisdom, love, respect, patience are essential aspects of a

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