Dimensies van Sukses

Hoe om suksesvol te wees in die lewe

Geld is net een dimensie waarlangs sukses kan gedefinieer word. Daar is baie ander, soos sport, musiek, kuns, waarnemende, politiek, beroepe en selfs meer abstrakte dinge soos artikulasie, sagte vaardighede, filantropie, wysheid, kennis ens. Uitnemendheid in enige een van hulle kan beskou word ons sukses. Sukses is maklik om te sien - kyk na enige een van die bekendes en vra jouself af waarom jy hulle ken. Die antwoord is gewoonlik een van die dimensies van sukses - en roem sy byproduk.

Uitnemendheid in enige veld kan vertaal na geld, en dit is wat Eddie Felson in die kleur van Geld vertel die jonger swembad speler. Dit transformability lei dikwels vir ons geld te verwar vir die meet sukses, wat, deur die manier, is die tema van die bogenoemde fliek. Teen die einde van die film, wanneer Felson besef dat daar meer aan die lewe as geld, sê hy, "Ek wil net jou beste spel." Die vermoë om op te hang met die beste wedstryd enigiemand kan uitdeel in enige veld is uitnemendheid; en dit het gereken word as sukses. Dit uitnemendheid is waarskynlik wat die ou Grieke genoem Arete.

Toe, we have other dimensions of life, wat, if lived well, lead to gratification and I suppose, spell success in life. Being a good son or daughter and taking care of your parents, byvoorbeeld, is a worthy goal that my Asian and Indian friends will appreciate. Being a good spouse or a good parent is another worthy dimension of success that most of us would like to achieve, ten minste in beginsel. Excellence along these dimensions may lead to personal satisfaction, but no monetary glory. I wonder whether the lack of money makes these successes less impressive.

Success without money came to some other excellent souls as well. Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Karl Marx etc. had wretchedly poor existences, but were posthumously recognized as peaks of excellence in their own ways. Weer, it looks as thought their success is somewhat less worthy because of its lack of financial rewards. Or is it the money-centric worldview of our era (or of my garden state of Singapore) that is talking? When we ask our kids to score A’s, are we asking them to be excellent in academics for its own sake and pleasure? Or are we hoping, secretly and hypocritically, that they will make oodles of money for themselves later in life? I’m afraid it is the latter.

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