We grew up hearing almost every day that we need to be successful.
We live in a competitive society that prizes the best in the class, rewards Olympics champions, honors celebrities, and pays hundreds of dollars to musicians. They have become our example of what it means to be successful.
To get there we spend 7 plus hours a day at school between 6 and 17 years old, we then spend money at the university level at something we have little experience with. I bet most of us have tried different sports, instruments, different clubs, and innumerable brilliant ideas to become part of this small portion of society because these things will bring us closer to our definition of success and our happily ever after. But, is that really true?
For a lot (or most) of people being successful means having a great paycheck, with a nice townhouse, a good car and to provide quality of life to their family. And this is actually fine if that’s what you really want.
We’ve been redefining success over the years and for some people true happiness might be in discovering the world, having time with their relatives, studying abroad or even trying a new recipe that tastes really good.
People are getting frustrated and depressed because they feel like even when they try super hard they will never be able to achieve the goal dictated by society. Repeat with me: It’s ok to fail and it’s ok to not be the best in the world at something, but it’s not ok to pursue something that you don’t believe or want just because you were told you have to be good at it.
My definition of being successful is to use my communication skills to make people feel better or become well informed about something. What is yours? Just go for it!
Student Guest Blogger – Leticia Cislinschi Sarraf