Success Vs Success

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The definition of success is intensely personal and varies widely by individual. However, in a world based on profits and margins the preeminent interpretation is that success is something that can be measured in terms of the influence, control and power that comes along with financial wealth. Although indulgence in luxury vehicles, SuperYachts, exclusive fashion, 60,000 square foot homes, and access to the five-star first-class set may increase temporary feelings of well-being, it is not where the root of true happiness is found. People have an extraordinary ability to adapt to their circumstances, and in most cases quickly grow accustomed to a life of affluence. Once the newness wears off, the search for the next best thing begins, creating a vicious cycle of chasing goals and wanting more, where contentment is rarely found. Although success does have an investment in happiness, it may not be in the way conventional wisdom has held. Genuine happiness lies beyond the surface of monetary gain, high status and high priced possessions, and is actually found en route to success.
Humans are social creatures by nature. Relationships are the sustenance of a satisfying and healthy life. In both personal and business life, it's not just about what people know, but who they know that is important. Much of modern society is divided into two extreme groups: those inclined to live in rural areas, who value privacy and independence, and can go days without so much as seeing another soul, and those who are very busy with life, tending to live in metropolitan areas where hardly anyone stays in the same city or community for long. In both assemblages, genuine connections are hard to find. A lack of close friends and a shortage of bro...

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...e are side effects. True happiness; however, springs from within, it is not dependent on anything in passing. According to Paul H Dunn, “happiness is a journey, not a destination.” Each journey starts with a single-step and continues one step at a time.

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