A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success

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One of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means. A lot of the time our ideas about what it would mean to live successfully are not our own. They’re sucked in from other people. And we also suck in messages from everything from the television to advertising to marketing, etcetera. These are hugely powerful forces that define what we want and how we view ourselves. What I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but that we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas and make sure that we own them, that we’re truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of the journey that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.”

Alain de Botton   http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MtSE4rglxbY#!

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15 thoughts on “A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success

  1. Muy buenas ideas y muy profundas. La descripción que hace del éxito y´del fracaso es mucho más exacta de lo que percibimos por la sociedad, los medios, etc. Un vídeo que hace reflexionar! ¡Gracias!

    • Creo que parar para observar lo que nosotros consideramos éxito es fundamental, si no al final todos les mensajes que nos llegan del exterior nos llevan a un “éxito” que lo mismo no es el que realmente queríamos…

  2. Tener nuestras propias ideas supone tener que oírnos. Lo principal es ser lo suficientemente humilde con nosotros mismos como para reconocernos nuestras necesidades. Saber qué nos hace sentir bien y qué es otro pensamiento o conducta que enmascara nuestra percepción.
    Pienso que nos ocultamos la visión real de nuestro Ser, porque resulta más cómodo no reconocer nuestras carencias y debilidades, porque se está libre del auto-enjuiciamiento. En el momento que cedemos nuestra responsabilidad a terceros, es decir, tomar como éxito lo que la sociedad nos propone (al igual que el fracaso), quedamos libres de exigirnos una respuesta al porqué de nuestros pensamientos, emociones y actos.

  3. I noticed when I was an art student in NYC that a sign of success was moving out of the city. So, I decided not to wait to be considered a success, i could leave first and achieve the end result of success on my own.

  4. Just happened to run into your blog. You have got a beautiful space running here. Loved some of your write-ups. Its very subtle. I guess I will be hanging around here a lot. 🙂 Great work

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