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Is Success Really the Answer to Everything?

Posted by Megan Gunsorek in Articles

Most everyone wants to be successful. From the moment we can recognize the difference between succeeding and failing – even at two years old – we want to be successful. Successful at climbing the stairs on our own, successful at getting our driver’s license, successful at landing a coveted job. Success is measured in different ways by different people, but most people measure success by money, and by the amount of time you can spend being your own boss. Entrepreneurs, after all, want this perhaps above all else.

But, success might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Perhaps our mission in life is not success, but fulfilling gratitude. Here are some other fallacies we believe about success:

1)      Everyone loves a story about an overnight success. Everyone loves it because we believe that it can happen to us. This person or that person made it big in the music industry; this person might have landed a $100,000 contract for their first book. The real deal, though, is that, behind the scenes, a lot of hard work went into that music contract and a lot of hard work went into that novel. You just don’t see it. Overnight success isn’t generally real.

2)      You think that once you become successful, life will be easy as pie. This isn’t the truth at all. In fact, once you gain success, you may have to work even harder to maintain it. Plus, you don’t know what type of problems you’ll run into at that point of success. Being successful at one thing, might cause you to be terribly unsuccessful at another.

3)      You think that once successful, people will like you more than they do now. In fact, the opposite might be true. People who are less successful tend to criticize those who have “made it” because they are envious of their path and success. You are more likely to lose friends than gain them once you are successful. But the ones that remain will be real.

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