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Booker T. Washington claimed that the true measure of success is not the position one reaches in life, but rather the obstacles overcome along the way to success. This idea is not unique to Washington, but occurs in some form in many aspects of our society. The myth of the ‘self-made man’ is one of…

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In measuring success, struggle is more important than accomplishment. People are born into a wide variety of situations. Some are rich, some are poor. Some have disabilities, others do not. Some are raised in good family environments, while others are raised in unfortunate circumstances. If we judge people by accomplishment alone, it is as if…

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The argument that struggle is a more important measure of success that accomplishment is not valid. Although struggle may be a valid indicator of character, it is not a measure of success. Success, by definition, is measured by accomplishments. One need only look ar examples that are commonplace: sports, politics, or business. As for sports…

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hich is a more important measure of success: Accomplishment or struggle? If two people have struggled equally but one has accomplished more then the more accomplished person has clearly succeeded more. If two people have achieved the same goals one might say they have the same success regardless of a difference in struggle required, But…

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Mr Washington’s struggles to improve the position of black Americans in a country that viewed blacks as second class, near citizens, are well documented. His successes, too. He has standing on the questions of both struggle and success. One questions such standing with trepidation. But in the end his observation is both sharp and logically…

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Washington’s assertion is a product of its time, the American Gilded Age, when the self-made man was the figure most worthy of emulation. Children learned that in the stories of Horatio Alger; adults saw it personified in figures such as Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and the Wright brothers. Is a struggle toward…

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A struggle to succeed is similar to the honing of metal: it can leave a pitted and scared surface or it can leave a honed edge. Booker T Washington observes about life: ‘I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by…

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I believe that the struggle to achieve a goal provides context success but a final accomplishment of a goal is still the most important factor. Just trying isn’t enough. A more nuanced thought would be that we should all try to maximize the potential of the situation we are given. Very simply an individual born…

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Struggle is clearly not a measure of accomplishment in any way. When struggling, you may or may not learn things or ‘develop as a person’. If you do learn or develop, that is an accomplishment whether or not it was your originally intended accomplishment. If you don’t change in any way while failing, nothing has…

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While I understand the sentiment that motivates Washington’s assertion, I do not believe that struggle is a more important measure of success than accomplishment. Washington’s quote appeals to our notion of fair play: we are not all born equal, and some people, through courage and will, overcome immense hardships that others need never even contemplate.…