What is Success?

23 Aug

Undoubtedly, there are plenty amongst us that spend a large part of their lives striving for success. This ambition can extend into all areas of their lives: work, leisure, sport and social. But what actually is success, and how do we measure it?

I suppose success can best be described as the achievement of a goal, yet intrinsically there are many levels of achievement. How does one compare the levels of success of, say, a top athlete, with that of a rank amateur who strives hard yet doesn’t quite measure up? Are they, in effect, equally successful in that they have both done their very best? Does society see them as equally successful?

Judging by the high profile given to professional athletes, and particularly to winners, it seems to me that these people achieve a kind of status that the ‘also ran’ can only dream of.

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