Nov 27, 2014

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Does Successful Means Happy?

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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?

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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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  1. Oh gosh, a million dollar question! I´ve been practicing exactly that during meditation: enjoying centeredness/experiencing contentment no matter the circumstances outside. A while ago I was having a rough patch, so my meditation revolved around getting out of that rut. When things got way better I basked in the nice feeling, and then I realized I was equating “success” with “happiness” and therefore getting attached to the nice state of being I was experiencing – which was no doubt going to pass sooner or later.

    ¡Cuánto rollo!
    So yeah, great lesson to not expect one from the other!
    Great post, thank you!
    Sue

    • Thanks Sue, for your comment. Yes, it is really hard to value our lives without getting caught up on what we have done or achieved. It’s easy to get pulled in that direction. Would love to try the power of meditation to feel centered and in the moment…

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