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21st century success

Welcome to the Hub session at the MINDVERSE. It is a weekly session by the mindverse. It’s called the TABLE-SHAKERS. This is where we have great  minds share their opinions on intricate matters.

Today, we’ll be looking at a table-shaking topic today called THE 21ST CENTURY SUCCESS. This is actually a live session on Instagram @mindverse_llc. you can tune in every Thursday at 12:00 noon (1:oo p.m WAT).

But, in case you are a reading enthusiast, we’ve got you covered. That being said, let’s dive right in.

What do you think success is perceived to be? Generally speaking, it is perceived to be an attainment of goal-when you have a specific plan to achieve at a particular time frame, it is considered a success for an individual. For a society, it is considered meeting something good or bad as a result of your engagement in your endeavors- whatever you do.

But, generally, the perception of success in recent times is the social status attached to it, whereby success is perceived to be someone who is prosperous and with it, there is the level of fame attached to it depending on the person’s engagements or contribution to the society. But when all is deduced, we’ll find out that success is perceived as neither good nor bad. What we have today is that the end justifies the means and people do a lot to make it to the top and keeping the social status that comes with being successful.

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If success is neither good nor bad, what is the measure for people who go “all-out” to be successful? Success is the outcome of what you do that stands you out. We do not necessarily think about what the person is doing weather is right or wrong in this time and age. We are more concerned about if what someone does gives them a certain level of fame, possession, power that distinguishes you from other people. But today’s session is aimed at breaking stereotyped tables.

Success is a huge thing, and a lot of people define success in different ways. Do you think people are on the same page when it comes to the definition of success? Well, nowadays, based on people’s perception, if it’s not famous, making money, trending, or glamorous, it is not successful, and this table has to be broken.

Are only the rich successful? Am I successful when I do what I really love or must it bring me money or societal standard of success? The general perception of being successful is either living a flashy lifestyle or looking like you’ve made it give people the idea that someone is “rich” and thereby “successful”. As long as you can fend for yourself, have girlfriends, looking good, smelling nice, have some cash to spend and smiling, definitely the person is successful to the eyes, but there is more than meet the eyes.

But is the person TRULY successful? As earlier stated, success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal, not the idea of flamboyancy. In retrospect, poor people were labelled “under-privilege” or “financially challenged”, because they were not “fortunate” enough in terms of social status. But, right now if you are poor, you are looked at as a “loser”. Definitely, not  a term people want to reckon with, but sadly that’s where they find themselves, and they came up with the idea that ties success with being rich-certain level of possession, which is “if I have to be successful, I have to be rich”.

Can I call myself successful even if the society doesn’t? People measure others by the impact they have on them. When a person lives in comparison and validation of other people, it is harder to call him/her successful. A boss could say he’s successful to his junior staff or employee, but someone on the same payroll as you wouldn’t dare because there is a colleague to compare with and a boss for further validation.

So, here, it would be great if we maintain a balance. The first which is the concept of materialism which we’ve talked about earlier and the other extreme is the self-serving extreme – where success is about you. Which is the feeling successful based on what “I” want or like to do, the way “I” want it to be? These two tables must crumble to maintain a balanced standpoint. The definition of success can neither be selfish nor materialistic.

To be continued…

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