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Success is seriously over-rated as an end-result.  By its very definition, success is limited to accomplishment, attainment, favorable outcome, and goal having been reached.  It is not a process, but the end-of-the-road or the proverbial happy ending (the latter being one of the more famous oxymorons).  

The problem with success is that the striving for its attainment often overrides the more satisfying prospects of the road itself.  It’s like driving from Glenwood Springs to Denver, with only the arrival in Denver of consequence -- and the trip through Glenwood Canyon, the Rockies, Vail Pass, and so forth being virtually ignored.  (And trust me, driving down into the smog-invested, mile-high city is not a happy ending.)  

Success is also typically only an excuse to strive for more success.  It’s the struggle, the putting life on hold, the striving, the unrequited, not-quite-enough, constantly revised agenda exertion.  Conversely, happy is a state of being.  Joy is in the now.  

Attaining success is, of course, often a matter of competition.  Success is measured by its relative status with others.  It almost always involves participating in the rat race, whereas Lily Tomlin has noted, “Even if you win the rat race, you’re still a rat.”  

Fundamentally important in the striving for the one-upmanship of success is the fact that the manic-obsessive personality is much more likely to reach his or her goals than the person who is more intent upon enjoying life, laughing all the way to... where ever, and enjoying a succulent meal with his or her more decadent (i.e. fun loving) friends.  In other words, the fanatics, zealots, extremists, monomaniacs, anal retentive, and mad, rabid and hysterical proponents always have the edge in the race for success.  

Success also requires for its attainment a degree of specialization, dedication to a narrow goal, and single-mindedness of purpose.  Success avoids generalization -- and thus the acknowledgment of the connectedness of all things -- like the plague.  Topics such as Connective Physics (with an emphasis on the connective quality) and Synthesis of Life, the Universe, and Everything [See Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] are anathema to the frenzied, feverish, frantic, and frenetic fiend of false aspirations of success.  

Life is The Fool’s Journey, admittedly, but this is far, far better than the status of stasis.  Being a Bozo-Sattva, or embarking on The Hero’s Journey is where the joy resides, not in the looking back at an inconsequential life -- as Jack Nicholson did in About Schmidt.  

To paraphrase G. K. Chesterson, there is great danger is seriosity.  Life is, after all, merely a means of gathering material for a stand up comic routine in the afterlife.  It’s playtime!  

Meanwhile the so-called Work Ethic is all too often used as the prescription for slavery.  Doing one’s “life work” is inevitably not about success or achievement, or reaching some final goal, but about living in the moment.   

If you want someone to praise you, never allow them to call you successful.  Instead, go for being known as happy, bringing joy to others, good humored, or a delightful person to have around.  Resting on one’s laurels (i.e. successes) is equivalent to the fatal happy ending.  Finding energy from laughter and merriment, on the other hand, is a far superior endeavor.  It’s all in the process.  


Work Ethic         Corporate Politics         Corporate Rule

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