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Success Is A Subjective State Of Mind

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Success. Some crave it with all of their heart; others seek it to the end of the world, but end up not even finding what they are looking for. Is it possible that they have trouble finding what they are looking for because they do not know exactly what it is they are looking for? Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines success as “the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame; the correct or desired result of an attempt, someone or something that is successful.” Unfortunately even within this definition, there are concepts that are hard to explain and explore. “Correct” is a term that is subjective and hardly ever is there one correct way of doing anything. How can one succeed at anything without there being an absolute way of determining success? I believe that success is a subjective term and society develops there own individual basis of determining what it means. It is a definition that changes within each individual’s personality and conforms to their needs and desires (2014).

Obadassi Battal, a writer for the International Journal of Academic Research, wrote an article titled The Effect of Learned Helplessness of the Success. He discovers intrigued cognitive correlations between learning abilities and success. By following a group of students from fourth grade on, he developed an interesting hypothesis. He believes that with few exceptions, people construct their own perspective on success. In other words, you can control exactly how successful you are (or at least “think” you are) by molding and constructing a world view.

Battal believes that other than instinctive reactions, or reflexes, humans naturally learn all things. They learn language and movement and all sorts of human activity by watching a listening. Disciplinary functions such as households or academic organizations teach the meaning of right and wrong. It is from this discipline that we learn how to function in society. The discipline then teaches us the world view in which we construct our own perception of our success. Different methods of discipline invoke different results, but Battal found stimulating results from one of them.

The method that was used as the major topic of conversation for his paper was learned helplessness. He found that disciplinary actions that lack in motivational, metal, or emotional stimulus; lead to learned helplessness. Learned helplessness is when humans are taught how to perceive the world in way that offers no help to them. Battal then studied the correlation between this learned helplessness and the affect it had on the success of the children. The results were two sided. On one hand, the children who learned helplessness often times had high expectations for themselves. With a world perspective and mindset that no one will help them, they relied heavily on themselves. This perspective leads to overshooting their abilities and fundamentally setting themselves up for failure. Helplessness taught them to believe that...

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