According to Oxford dictionary success is “The attainment of fame, wealth, or social status.”
If you achieve the above and beyond you will not get the accompanied feeling of “Wow I made it”
Instead, like many famous and socially rich people have mentioned, you will get depressed unless you understand what real success is.
If you think achieving a high social status, like you’re more intellectual, more educated, more this and more that than the people around you, is success, then you have been fooled by the current social system.
I am in no position or authority to attest such conception as I am neither famous, nor rich, nor affiliated with any sort of social status.
My name is sherif, I am 34 and I like dogs.
I don’t understand why I get the feeling that if I am not following what society dictates as success which is a secure job, a salary, a mortgage, pay the bills check to check, send my kids to school, et cetera, society would treat me as an abnormal Aboriginal or a Neanderthal stranger.
Aren’t we living in a free world with no racism?
Everything I follow in my current life, whether it’s quitting my normal 9-5 career life, losing lots of what I thought friends or moving from country to country, is advice from people I look up to:
Nassim Taleb in The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable said “The 3 most harmful addictions are drugs, carbohydrates and a monthly salary”
Hence I quit my well paid jobs.
James Altucher in Choose Yourself!Edit said “Only think about the people you enjoy. Only read the books you enjoy, that make you happy to be human. Only go to the events that actually make you laugh or fall in love. Only deal with the people who love you back, who are winners and want you to win too”
Hence spending more time with people I care about.
Larry David said “I am trying to elevate small talk to medium talk”
Hence I don’t have any friends.
Malcolm Gladwell in Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking said “What you do everyday matters more than what you do once in a while”
Hence my daily writings.
Please please please stop reading about success and trying to be successful.
If you think you have achieved success, start over with a fresh thought.
There’s no such thing as success, there’s only one meaning to living a prosperous happy and enjoyable life in which I learned from Mel Gibson’s Brave Heart:
“Every man dies, not every man really lives”
Stop chasing things and start creating and collecting memories for they will accompany you wherever you may choose to go.
my name is sherif and I am looking for a feminine homo sapient.