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Huckleberry Finn perfectly exemplifies Booker T. Washington’s comment that ‘success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, but by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.’ Finn’s great moment, the meditation in which he declares ‘All right then, I’ll go to hell,’ is…

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Washington’s comment about measuring success in terms of overcoming obstacles rather than by the final position one achieves is commendable, to an extent. It reflects a view of success which is holistic, incorporating an individual’s character and circumstances into the evaluation, rather than merely the end results. In contrast to a view which might be…

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I do not agree that the struggle is a more important measure of success than accomplishment because how can one determine success if the struggle is fruitless? An individual to manages to obtain a bachelors degree even though they are poor and work full-time has struggled and overcome, perhaps. But not all, and indeed in…

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It is comforting to imagine that the meek will inherit the earth. That the good life will be rewarded in heaven. That effort and struggle will be valued over result. But what life ought to be should not blind us to its reality. Let’s take Poincare’s conjecture. For 100 years, mathematicians have struggle in obscurity…

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One can and should admire the guts and determination that some among us show when facing obstacles to their goals. Certainly, one should take an example from those who do so, for without such determination we are doomed to failure where success could be had. However, we can easily fall into the trap of judging…

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Struggle and accomplishment are a duality. While either certainly can and does exist by itself, neither is sustainable over time in the abscence of the other. Accomplishment without struggle soon ceases to be meaningful. A game you can always win; a competition where you are the only entrant; resources ‘earned’ without effort – all lose…

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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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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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Humans have evolved to feel pride in their work, whether or not they have accomplished something through it. Striving has value to us because it helps us survive. Struggling to reach a goal can be more important for a person than achieving the aim, because so often success seems to depend on external factors. There…

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Washington’s outlook bears some comparison to Nietzche, who wrote that the power of a will may be evaluated by what the owner of that will endures, and if it can be strengthened by what is endured. I think though while Nietzche may be correct, Washington is incorrect, as Nietzche focuses on the power of a…