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Competition is the life blood of every democratic society. The struggle to succeed in every walk of life is both encouraged and often rewarded. Accomplishment, earned or not is a visible measure of success, considered the end justifying the means for many individuals. This is shown not only in human societies, for example in democratic…

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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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This position is one of the widely held cliche that permeate the modern world, cliches that receive wide lip service but are in fact, bunk. Most importantly this view ignores the fact most people struggle without any success at all. According to this axiom these people should be the pinnacle of humanity all. Yet this…

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Dichotomies, almost by definition, reduce complex situations into manageable, reductive either-or binaries. Booker T. Washington’s statement that he has ‘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’ is one such complex situation.…

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I am a strong advocate that your essence is created by the experiences that you endure throughout your life. Success, therefore, follows suit and only is found when overcoming an obstacle that would deem the event ‘successful’. Show the score given by the expert grader This essay scored 1. Did you write this essay? Share…

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Perhaps the most widely seen statement of the difference between struggle and success is stated by the ‘chaotician’ Malcolm in Jurassic Park. Objecting to the display of techno-wizardry in the dinosaur cloning lab, he states, ‘The problem is you have all this power, but you never had to learn discipline to achieve it.’ For all…

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What is the most important way to measure success? Booker T. Washington, a figurehead in the black civil rights movement and by any measure a successful man, claims that success of a man is measured more by the ‘obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed’ than by his actual accomplishments. That’s easy for him…

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As a popular aphorism goes ‘You count your talent by what you can do, but others count it by what you have done’. This is ample proof of the fact that when it comes to judging others, we take a harsher attitude – one that takes into account what they have actually accomplished, irrespective of…

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I think of the struggles I’ve endured in my lifetime. I’ve struggled to be able to wake up before the sun comes up so that I can get to work on time. I’ve learned through many kinds of absence to live without someone I have cared about deeply. Further, I have discovered that, despite my…

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Success is defined, even within the dictionary, in different ways and it is certainly defined in a myriad of ways in our lives. In the living of the American Dream, for instance, success is seen through economics. Success in school is measured either by completion or by grade average. In politics, success is determined by…