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  • Success in life is largely defined by one's wealth and income and or business success.

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  • Success in life is largely defined by the contentment one has for their life.

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    What defines Success in life?

    On these forums, and on media outlets in general, I constantly see success being equated with being rich. For example a billionaire may be described as successful or conservatives may describe a tax as a war on success or something along those lines.

    It has always been a pet peeve of mine because I don't think that wealth necessarily equals a successful life. For example, a mulitmillionare may have a bad marriage and a horrible relationship with his or her kids. Why should that person be described as successful in life simply because of their wealth? Conversely, a person may be a fishing guide that loves what they do, has a good family, but is hardly even middle class. Why should that person not be described as successful in life, indeed more successful than the hypothetical wealthy person described before? Anyway what do you think?
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    Re: What defines Success in life?

    For one, being right with your maker.

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    Re: What defines Success in life?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    On these forums, and on media outlets in general, I constantly see success being equated with being rich. For example a billionaire may be described as successful or conservatives may describe a tax as a war on success or something along those lines.

    It has always been a pet peeve of mine because I don't think that wealth necessarily equals a successful life. For example, a mulitmillionare may have a bad marriage and a horrible relationship with his or her kids. Why should that person be described as successful in life simply because of their wealth? Conversely, a person may be a fishing guide that loves what they do, has a good family, but is hardly even middle class. Why should that person not be described as successful in life, indeed more successful than the hypothetical wealthy person described before? Anyway what do you think?
    Precisely my view.
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    Re: What defines Success in life?

    Raising healthy happy kids and being one yourself no matter how old you get.
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    Re: What defines Success in life?

    That's why I always say "economically successful".
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    Re: What defines Success in life?

    The amount of offspring you have created to spread your gene pool! I'd rather be rich with contentment than rich with money.
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    Re: What defines Success in life?

    Most words have multiple definitions. Get over it.
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    Re: What defines Success in life?

    Quote Originally Posted by mpg View Post
    Most words have multiple definitions. Get over it.
    That is why the question was how do you define success personally. There is no right or wrong answer, no reason to be a dick about it.
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    Re: What defines Success in life?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    On these forums, and on media outlets in general, I constantly see success being equated with being rich. For example a billionaire may be described as successful or conservatives may describe a tax as a war on success or something along those lines.

    It has always been a pet peeve of mine because I don't think that wealth necessarily equals a successful life. For example, a mulitmillionare may have a bad marriage and a horrible relationship with his or her kids. Why should that person be described as successful in life simply because of their wealth? Conversely, a person may be a fishing guide that loves what they do, has a good family, but is hardly even middle class. Why should that person not be described as successful in life, indeed more successful than the hypothetical wealthy person described before? Anyway what do you think?
    I completely agree.

    "Success" is a relative term. What Maggie looks at as being successful may well be failure to someone else. Dif'rent strokes for dif'rent folks. It's not a hard concept to grasp. Happiness is like that. And to be successful? One must, above all else, be happy. If happiness required "money", there'd be an awful lot of miserable people in the world.

    In a Third World country, happiness might be living in a safe little village near a clean-running stream that never dried up...not losing any of your children to hunger or disease before they're grown...and a herd of goats to call your own. Ahhh, happiness! Give that to Justin Beiber, and he'd shoot himself in the head.



    Funny, the Hierarchy of Needs Pyramid doesn't say a thing about money...

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    Re: What defines Success in life?

    "Money might not be able to buy happiness, but it does make for a nice down payment."


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