The True Meaning of Success… Do you happen to know someone who is popular, rich and famous? Or at least one of those options? Are they confident, popular, and happy all of the time? Or are they stressed, having second thoughts about their life choices, and/ or unsure about the meaning of his life? I am willing to incline to the second choice given. Both the media and the propaganda found now a days have effectively brainwashed our society into accepting a false definition of success.

The media wants us to believe that having lots of money, living in a big house, and owning all of the latest cars, being up to date with fashion, and owning the latest technology is the key to happiness, and more importantly success. This exaggerated lie is just that, a lie because it is everything but being realistic. True success comes from one being hardworking, passionate and self-determined; however, these characteristics come from oneself in which the media is trying to deceive us by stating the opposite, controlling our thoughts and views and more importantly, take our independence in order to make them more successful.

The media, as well as the marketers want us to believe that living a selfish life which involves nothing but pursuing money and fame will bring us both success and happiness. Sadly, that is far from being true. Money is always known to be compared to it being a new toy—fun while it is brand new and fresh, but terribly boring and unexciting after a few hours of play. Though money can buy accessibilities and comforts by buying luxuries, it is not entirely needed to live a very successful and balanced life. Though it may help, it doesn’t necessarily make it better.

A perfect example is how money cannot make someone much more educated or wise that only occurs with hard work and self–determination to study in order to reach a higher level of living. Money doesn’t help build a strong and fundamental relationship with one’s partner that only comes through love, commitment, and sacrifice. Can money give one the gift of patience or appreciation? I don’t believe so. All of the characteristics of knowledge, wisdom, love, respect, patience are mainly essential aspects of a successful person’s life.

Money is just a mere distraction waving in front of one’s face waiting for us to grab hold of it and fall into its traps and most importantly the corruption that it can bring to us. One must work hard to reach success not by just taking the easy path. When it comes to popularity and fame, they never seem to be the same as having success. By having uninteresting advertisements being played on the television over and over again, it has caused all of the Americans to accept a reality that it shame-worthy and that makes them accept a definition of success that is completely opposite to what it truly is.

Over the centuries, “success” has been portrayed to represent fame and popularity. Some studies have shown that the most well-liked and popular people often have less confidence, talent, and freedom than those who choose to follow their own paths and what makes them happy rather than what’s going to make them earn the most money. In other words, I am not stating that by having lots of money isn’t going to make one happy, it will but just for a certain moment. Once that moment is gone, all that is left is loneliness and the urge to get more money in order to have the emptiness within the person filled.

As stated by many people around, money doesn’t buy happiness. When a person allows their mind to be controlled by the ordinary television, magazines, and the internet, becoming successful then becomes an impossible task. However, there is a way in which a person can turn away from all of the temptation that would then cause them to turn away from their goal in order to become successful. This simple way, is by simply focusing on what they define as success and stay on that track.

They need to discard any of the potential “success” ideas that have been engraved in their heads since they were children and begin by building their own lifestyle in which they consider to be successful. By doing so, many are able to forget about the two main ideas as portrayed by the media to be the only way to reach success: money and popularity. By forgetting and more importantly by disbelieving that these are the only two ways to reach success, they will then focus on simpler ideas and characteristics that though at first won’t be obvious, but as time goes on, they would then become more effective.

Though being successful isn’t going to simply occur over night, it does take time and effort to build one’s success. At first glance, it isn’t the simplest road to take, especially with all of the media and marketers persuading one from one side to another. Nevertheless, by avoiding them and sticking to one’s idea of success and following through with it, one is able to reach success in no time. Becoming successful is simply the same as everything else in life, it takes practice.

By having society come together and forgetting about what the media and the marketers are putting out there as the definition of success, we can then work together to obtain the true meaning of success by being a hard worker, passionate and self-determined. By developing and putting forth these characteristics that one carry, we are able to truly find the meaning of success within us and create a better society for us and the generation that continues.

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