We live in an age where it is harder then ever to live without career anxiety. Achievement is expected because we have been told that “we are all equally capable of achieving whatever we dream”. And as a result we feel incredible pressure to be “successful”. But what does success really mean?
“One of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means. A lot of the time our ideas about what it would mean to live successfully are not our own. They’re sucked in from other people. And we also suck in messages from everything from the television to advertising to marketing, etcetera. These are hugely powerful forces that define what we want and how we view ourselves. What I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but that we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas and make sure that we own them, that we’re truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of the journey that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.”
~ Alain de Botton
In this Ted talk Alain de Botton examines our ideas about success and failure. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work. Grab you cup of joe and take a listen.
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