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‘George Bush was born standing on third base but he thinks he hit a triple’. This quote encapsulates the idea the idea that success only viewed through a lens of final achievement seems silly and narrowminded. However, taking it to the other extreme, where the outcome doesn’t matter is just as useless of a measurement.…

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Luck plays a large role in accomplishment. Who your parents are, where you were born, what era you lived in, what genes you inherited. Struggle can overcome the negative luck in many cases, and enhance the positive luck. Good fortune, with no contribution from struggle, is not an accomplishment at all. In my own case,…

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Ultimate success is often called genius. People recognize genius, but seldom are able to define it. One supposes that people of genius have natural talent, or at least natural talent for some task. Recent work, however, suggests that at least many who excel got there primarily through hard work. One example is Mozart. He was…

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A great opportunity to face off against the welfare-society, everybody’s-special, politically-correct Gramscian-derived drivel that encourages us to forget our roots, most especially in a Darwinian sense, and follow our fellow lemmings (false story, but the myth lives on) over the cliff. It’s all about struggles for scarce resources, whether economic, social, cultural or whatever. The…

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I believe that someone who tries their hardest to achieve something is more successful than someone who achieves the same thing with no effort. I believe this partly because of my upbringing. My grandfather grew up in the depression, and to look at his life right now you’d never know it. He was raised in…

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Struggle is a more important measure of success than accomplishment? That is a completely assnine statement. I struggle at blackjack and the measure of my success or the lack there of is the fact that I lose all my money when I am playing. This question would not have even been relavant if not for…

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Whether or not one achieve one’s aims is dependent on many things. It might be argued that most of those factors are not within one’s control. How does it makes sense for us to judge ourselves on ‘success’ or ‘failure’ when sometimes the difference between success and failure lie in mere chance? In the end,…

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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…