Wednesday, June 24, 2009
What can be defined as success in life? Money, friends, the bell curve? Some old (and therefore wise) philosopher once said "success is those who mourn your death not the money you leave behind". Frankly that's a load of bullshit. Success is more than people to mourn you. Die young and people will be sad, does that mean you are successful? Die old and all your friends are gone, no-one to mourn you, no tombstone for the last man in the world (heck unless the last man was a tombstone maker it's unlikely for the last 2-100000 to get one) does long life mean no success? But say you ignore this and take the mourning at face value, surely it is preposterous to measure success in tears. Wouldn't it be better to say success is measured in laughter and smiles, tears wiped away, happiness given to others. Success is changing something for the better, be it the world, someones life, or just a minute of it. Success is what makes a difference for the better. Who we helped in life, not who comes out of the woodwork to claim inheritance.