3 February 2018
My Definition of Success
Part 1: Follow MLA and use the title My Definition of Success for your well-developed paragraph about what YOU mean by the term “success.” Provide specific examples/details when you explain your definition because the reader may have a different interpretation or understanding, and your job as the writer is to SHOW the reader what you mean. Again, this is what “success” means to YOU.
During my childhood, success was always pre-defined. It was characterized by my parents, school, friends, society etc. Like getting a good score in exams was considered success, getting rich and owning a lot of expensive stuff was considered success, even living longer and staying young were considered success. Like most, I grew up equating money and power with success, and for a time, that framed my definition. But as I’ve matured, that has changed.
Success is a very personal thing. What drives one may be totally different for another. My favorite take on success is from Paul Coelho in his book “Manuscript Found in Accra” He writes, “What is success? It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.” How my soul feels is the most important measurement of success for me. My personal success is defined by how content and enjoyable my life is. A full, eventful and challenging life doing what I enjoy and positively affecting others is the most rewarding to me. Past, present and future are also important to keep in perspective.
Looking back and not having regrets is extremely satisfying. My current situation and my contentment with it are also very important, and having goals and milestones to work toward in the future keeps me motivated and makes life interesting and challenging.
Part 2: Think about what you have learned in this chapter about the benefits of college. List the reasons why college is important to you or what motivates you to do your best in college.
Going to college gives me an opportunity to get out on my own and make independent decisions. College exercises the process of examining goals and desires while also learning valuable everyday skills like prioritization and time management. Earning a degree is a major life goal and accomplishing it will bring me tremendous personal satisfaction, as it’s very empowering to conquer such a complex achievement.
A college degree can help get me a better job and a higher salary, but it can assist me in other ways too. Once I’ve earned a four year degree, I can go back to school to earn a graduate degree. It may or may not be something I end up doing, but I will be very glad that I already hold a degree if I decide to further my education.
A college education can also help me transform myself and the world around me. When you have new knowledge, you want to share it with friends and family. Information being shared amongst the population generally improves society and makes individuals more mindful of the effect each person has on the world.