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Booker T. Washington stated, ‘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.’ This quote is similar to the philosophy alluded to in the oft-repeated mantra that the journey matters more…

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In the reduction of accomplishments to ends alone, the value in the means of attaining those ends may be lost. Washington’s quote reminds us that it is not just mindless struggle, a futile thrashing, that is important, but the ability to meet and overcome challenges. There are those who would say that fighting is in…

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There is little doubt that the journey to success is indeed important and that it can have a profound impact on your character. In the extreme, consider someone who is simply born into privilege and success. Can this person truly appreciate the hard-work, sacrifice and committment that was most likely necessary to provide them with…

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It is not an easy challenge to determine whether success is measured by accomplishment or the struggles one has gone through. This is because there are a variety of perspectives on this issue, and each one will bring a unique viewpoint to the table. While I believe that it is important to recognize struggle, I…

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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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my friend gavin once said, ‘you don’t take the elevator to success, you take the stairs.’ i have a feeling that he did not coin this phrase, but does anyone ever really have an original thought ever? no. how do you define success? fuck if i know. Show the score given by the expert grader…

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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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Along time, and more so as socially-aware, close-knit communities developed, success has been counted as the pretermost tool for proving worthiness. Success in hunting, building houses, selling pastry, starting an IT business, it all came to mean that the person who could do something successfully was granted a better place in society. And yet, is…

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I disagree with Washington. ‘Measures of success’ implies something we can quantify. In my opinion, accomplishment involves concrete achievements, the sort of thing we can put on a resume: ‘My GPA at Wisconsin was 4.0.’ ‘I became a vice-president of the company at age 32.’ ‘I completed the 5K run in 18 minutes.’ The struggles…

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Struggle is more important measure of success than accomplishment. All things being equal, the accomplishment is a good measure. However, not all things are equal and not all start from the same point. When one is attempting to measure success, one must consider the effect of where the person started. In the case of success,…