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Ariel Evans

Andrew Watson

English 1010-043



What is success? Is it the process of doing a task and receiving a positive result acceptable amongst the community, or is it simply achieving one’s own personal goals? Success to me can mean many things. Although I am successful in school, that does not necessarily mean I will lead a successful life. The definition of success I believe is personal and will be different for everybody, but includes societal success, personal success, and academic or professional success. My great grandfather’s definition was that the only way you could be happy was to have a lot of money you do absolutely nothing with. I agree that success is partly the attainment of a steady paycheck that allows you to afford your life style. Moreover success is something that is more than just a goal in life. You may have everything but still not be happy nor satisfied. Success is your paycheck because that is what makes you happy, and that is what makes you who you want to be. You have got to ask yourself what you want to be when you grow up.

There is a relatively close relationship between happiness and being successful. That success is when a guy saying “I want to have it the easy way in my future; I want to be successful” and he actually accomplishes it. Likewise, you can always be successful and unhappy. It’s just like a price tag on an expensive coat you really desire, but don’t have the money to afford it. Right then you would have to decide: A) you’re going to work hard for it, B) You’re just going to stand there and cry about it or C) you just give up and say that it’s not worth it. Of these three choices, none of them are actually outrageous or chaotic. If you take some time to think about it, if it’s what you really want, what’s stopping you? Yourself conscience is the only blockade between you and your success.

Societal success is something that is attained by aspiring to reach your own goals and...

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