What is success?

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We always talk about yearning for success, a form of growth that shows how our input has had a positive output, but what is the real definition of success? Some consider success to be accomplishing a goal or becoming wealthy, while others define success as job security and financial stability. 

However, success is more than just living a lavish lifestyle; it means becoming a better version of yourself. It means you are able to stay loyal to your morals and standards, creating a positive impact on the surrounding community, locally or globally. 

Typically, society views success as money and a privileged status to be able to buy whatever catches your eye without thinking twice. “Media definition of success tells us it can be found in material possessions, status, and a life filled with luxury,” Steven Rose, Ph.D stated in an article, “The True Meaning of Success.” 

Personally, I feel that success revolves around character and appreciation for what is currently attained. It’s about making a contribution to the community, whether big or small, and just being able to say that your existence positively changed the life of another person, whether as a friend, partner, or relative. 

For example, individuals such as Malala Yousafzai embody the previous definition of success as she continued to speak out for girls’ education, even during times of oppression, leading to a global impact and inspiring many around the world. 

Although the definition of success is subjective and depends on an individual’s mindset and identity, success is a sequence of small steps of overcoming obstacles that lead to long-term change. Individuals should not fear success as a challenge, but rather utilize it to grow over time. 

Malala’s success is evaluated not by her wealth but through her voice which advocates for change. Success is a measure of an individual’s impact on the world today. (Photo/Wikimedia Commons) 

Nicholas, a sophomore at American Heritage, is excited to write with the Patriot Post for a second year. With a passion for writing and science, he often creates poetry or performs science research. His favorite hobbies are listening to different kinds of music, collecting albums, and figure skating. Outside of writing-related activities, he participates actively in extracurriculars ranging from Dead Poet’s Society to Key Club to tennis. He hopes to positively impact others through writing by promoting creativity and inspiring future generations!