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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…

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‘I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.’ Booker T Washington’s point appears at first so self-evident that it will be difficult to spin several full paragraphs of fluff on…

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It’s often said that, in life, the journey is just as important as the destination. In fact, some such as Booker T. Washington have said that ‘…success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he as overcome while trying to succeed.’ There…

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A common logical fallacy is that of the false dilemma: the proposal of two apparently opposed ideas, with the reader or listener expected to reject one and thus acceptance of the other. The thesis that ‘struggle is a more important measure of success than accomplishment’ is an example of such a fallacy; a subtle and…

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Struggle can’t be a more important measure of success, as one can struggle forever and never successfully complete their goal. Struggle is important, though, and can go a long way in judging the success of an endeavor. However, to think that simply struggling against something is a more important measure of success than actually accomplishing…

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Booker T. Washington learned, ‘.that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.’ Mr. Washington’s position is not without merit, but it fails to capture the full measure of success. Mr. Washington’s sutra holds…

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The idea that struggle is a measure of the success has fueled the myth of America. We have revered our capital successes, and if a big enough success, we have forgiven any manner of achievement. We revere achievement. The notion that anyone could grow up to be president is a metaphoric appendage, in that we…