Why our perception of success makes us feel like failures — Live For Every Day


One time, at a family gathering, my sister-in-law was talking about two of my younger cousins, both under 20 and both with very different lifestyles. One had recently gotten married and had a young baby. One was just finishing high school and was headed off to university in the fall. One had a very strict religious upbringing and the other had a strict academic upbringing. My sister-in-law noted these differences and stated that it would be interesting to see who would be more successful in the future. I remember feeling very offended at the thought of this, comparing one cousin to the other based on the level of success they might experience in their lives. Who were we to gauge the success of another person? How does one even measure how successful another person is? Is this based on how much money the person earns, or on how happy they appear to be in their life? Is this based on how impressive their job title sounds or on how long they stay with their spouse? What is success and how is it measured?

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