How do you define success? Can success be defined? Is success based upon what status symbols you own? Is success defined by the number of friends you have on social media? Is success defined by your socioeconomic status in life, and if so, what happens to your definition of success when you lose a job or earning potential? Do you define your own success, or, is your success defined by others? Perhaps success is merely a state of mind. Do we even need to define what success is? Maybe success is just a clever lever to get us to “keep up with the Jones”.
I bring this topic up after watching a story about the musician, Rodriguez. Although, Rodriguez seems to be an “unknown” in America, he has been a huge success in South Africa. I found this story to be quite ironic. Here is this man who produced a few records decades ago, made no money from his music and he has been living an poor obscure life in Detroit. Yet, thousands of miles away on another continent, Rodriquez is a famous musician. Which brings me back to the question of; how do you define success?