source: chris pirillo
This morning, my husband and I had one of our usual philosophical conversations. I’m putting together a study focusing on successful, high achieving Latina woman.
My husband, who I consider to be quite a spiritual man, argued that most people feel successful, regardless of their achievements in life. He believes that success is a feeling, regardless of whether or not you have achieved something that society considers successful. He also argued that success is defined solely by the individual.
I argued that most people define success based on how society-at-large defines success. So, in the American society, success seems to be associated with social status, power (economic, social, political) and achievement. Yet, in another society, having a modest, clean home and having enough to feed your children could be defined as being successful.
As we tackled this conversation, I wondered if my husband was talking about happiness, and perhaps was confusing success with happiness. So I asked him that question: “are you talking about feeling happy or successful?” He paused to think about this.
At the end, we both concluded that being successful does not necessarily mean being happy. The bigger question is, can you feel happy without feeling successful.
What’s your thought? Is it possible to feel happy without feeling successful?