To be ‘successful’ | Sadia Ahmed

The Rose

The Oxford Dictionary defines success as ‘the accomplishment of an aim or purpose’, however it also cites a secondary meaning: ‘the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status’. It comes as little surprise that the latter is such a widely accepted definition of the term, especially in an increasingly consumerist, fame-obsessed society like ours. None of us are immune to the desire to be successful, whether we want to succeed at school, or at being better siblings to petulant little brats, or at being more ‘healthy’. Ultimately, the precise definition of success is subjective; it varies considerably from person to person.

We tend to see some goals (such as drinking more water, or smiling at more people more often) as ‘small’ goals, conducive to smaller degrees of success, and we see other goals as ‘big’ goals- long-term and universally sought after, like big houses, nice cars, marriage (although…

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