COM­MEN­TARY! Defin­ing suc­cess

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MA­JOR­ITY of the peo­ple from the dif­fer­ent walks of life strive hard in or­der to be­come rich and wealthy. Many con­strued suc­cess as hav­ing wealth and power. This per­cep­tion is in­stilled in the minds of al­most every­one.

How­ever, there are also those who rely on God’s gen­eros­ity as they re­sort to faith and des­tiny. These peo­ple are al­ready con­tented with what­ever they have or wher­ever fate brings them. Still oth­ers, es­pe­cially in some ru­ral ar­eas in the coun­try strongly be­lieve that the world will end very soon. Such be­lief con­strains them to work hard in or­der to im­prove their liv­ing.

Suc­cess is very broad and has so many def­i­ni­tions. It to­tally de­pends on ones level of sat­is­fac­tion, un­der­stand­ing and ex­po­sure. There are fam­i­lies who are rich, wealthy and pow­er­ful, yet ended up a bro­ken home due to so much love for money. Money in gen­eral is just a medium of ex­change of goods and ser­vices and to some ex­tent plea­sure and hap­pi­ness. It is not an end in it­self.

I think suc­cess has at least three char­ac­ter­is­tics. First is that one is suc­cess­ful if he can at least pro­vide for him­self and his fam­ily their ba­sic needs. It is an achieve­ment at least if one is in­de­pen­dent and self-suf­fi­cient and not a bur­den to any­one around him or her. The per­son does not need to own the world, but at least he or she is pro­duc­tive enough to sup­port his or her fam­ily.

Sec­ond is that he or she has gained the re­spect of the com­mu­nity. This comes with good rep­u­ta­tion and re­garded by the com­mu­nity as rel­a­tively no­table. We are born so­cial and we ex­ist in a com­mu­nity. Part f our strug­gle in life is blend­ing and mix­ing with every­one as we ac­tu­al­ize our­selves. A suc­cess­ful per­son is one who has man­aged to forge good re­la­tions with oth­ers and have gained other peo­ple’s re­spect.

Third is that he or she has con­trib­uted to the devel­op­ment of the com­mu­nity. As the say­ing goes “no man is an is­land” each of us is also called to pitch in and con­trib­ute to the build­ing and devel­op­ment of a more hu­mane so­ci­ety - one that pro­motes jus­tice and hu­man dig­nity. While oth­ers spend the rest of their lives pur­su­ing only their in­ter­ests, they failed to ren­der their so­cial and mo­ral obli­ga­tion to the com­mu­nity. Giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity is a higher call­ing and for any­one to ful­fill such in his own ways is truly worth rec­og­niz­ing.

Yes, peo­ple have dif­fer­ent def­i­ni­tions of suc­cess, but if one is self-suf­fi­cient, is well re­spected, and has con­trib­uted to the growth of the com­mu­nity, he or she has pretty much en­joyed life and reached the full­ness of his or her des­tiny.— Daniel Aguilar

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