Is Success a Bad Idea? (Pizzamas Day 9 of 10)
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I’m not sure if I really got to the point I was trying to get to in this video…I had to cut a good bit out to fit it into four minutes. But I guess I feel like when people compliment me on my success they are putting me inside of a certain worldview that I don’t believe in, but that is seen as universal by them.
What I think is important is financial and social security. But being perceived by society as important is a really weird thing to base “success” on because it is necessarily something that only a small percentage of the population can have. Not because people don’t have the important skills and talents, and not because they aren’t dedicated and amazing and helpful, but because it comes down to the distribution of finite resources.
Whether those resources are money or the control of others or the attention of others, basing a person’s value on the unequal distribution of those resources is a bad idea and I don’t want to be a part of that system, or a part of the way that people justify it to themselves or to society.
If I am successful, it is because I have accomplished many of the things I have set out to accomplish and those things have had positive impacts on people’s lives. I am certainly not unique or special in having done that…in fact, I would say, the vast majority of people are successes when that definition is used, which is a thing that I truly believe. I think most people die successful, and I think imagining a world in which success is some kind of rare commodity is wrong.
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