Is there someone you know that is wealthy and prominent? Do they demonstrate the characteristics of a successful person in today’s society? Media today has effectively convinced our society into accepting an untrue, even possibly hazardous definition of success. Even though Webster’s dictionary defines success as “achieving wealth, respect, and fame,” the definition of success is different for everyone. Society wants us to accept that having money, having big house, and owning multiple cars is the key to happiness, and henceforth, success. This is a lie; success is not having a large amount of money nor does it have to deal with fame.
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In the words of Bill Cosby, “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” People today are merely a mindless conformists locked in a hopeless struggle to keep up with the current fads. Like Mr. Cosby said, most people today are trying to please everyone else and gain popularity. With this vision of success most Americans have become brainwashed trying to keep up with the latest and greatest trends thinking that they will gain popularity. Contrary to popular belief, fame and popularity do not determine a person’s success.
When a person’s attention is restrained by mainstream television, magazines, and the internet, becoming successful is an impossible task. Fortunately, there is a way to stop this shameful ruse before all Americans. In order to return to the customary definition of success, Americans must cast off the routine that they have been force-fed, and make better habits. Rather than using money and popularity as the method to achieve success, Americans should pursue simpler, more applicable answers that might not be clear at first look. Ralph Waldo Emerson gave a great understanding of the word success when he wrote:
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden...