What Is Really Meant by Success?

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What is really meant by success?

We are different individuals with different views and ideas about a certain matter. And every time we are asked about our dream in life, we often say that we want to be successful in life. The question is what is meant by success? When can we say that you are already successful?

Our professor (Ma’am Jimenez) asked this during our last class prior to our examination in her class. We had offcourse our own definitions and indicators of success. Well, some of my classmates said that we can find success in fulfilment with what we do, with material things, having a stable work and with happiness. I silently answered that success is having reached the goals we have set. Still, the question keeps on stirring my inner thoughts. I suddenly came into a deep thinking about it.

SUCCESS is defined as the (1) achievement of intention: the achievement of something planned or attempted; (2) attainment of fame, wealth, or power: impressive achievement, especially the attainment of fame, wealth, or power; (3) something that turns out well: something that turns out as planned or intended.

The first definition deals on the fulfillment of our goals and endeavors. It says that once we have reached these goals, there is already success. Yes, for whatever we do today is in connection with what we want in life. We always aim to fulfill and to reach our dreams in life, and so success comes upon achievement of such. They drive us to move further, taking the rough and rocky road, until we met the road of success.

The second definition focuses on worldly things which are not that important in life but are needed in order to survive. Either admit it or deny it, but we usually associate success with these material things. If you are rich, famous and powerful, you are successful. It’s shameful to say but these are actually our indicators of success most of the time. Sometimes, the aim or desire for these dictates us to do things by hook or by...
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