Defining Success

Last week, the New York Daily News released an article on how Kylie Jenner is on track to becoming the youngest “self-made” billionaire (and I put “self-made” in quotations, for a find it laughable to assign such a description to someone who comes from one of the wealthiest families in America).  What’s important about the article itself is nothing. What I do want to focus on is the corresponding tweet for it. The tweet gives a one-sentence summary of what the article is about, before posing a question: “What are you doing with your life?”

The question alone appears to make it sound as if to say if you’re not almost 21 with millions of dollars to your name, then you’re doing something wrong. Fortunately, many responded with much more impressive accomplishments in their lives that are beyond substantiating; such as pursuing a goal while struggling with a chronic illness, raising children as a single parent, taking on several jobs while getting through college, etc. In other words, this was both a rare and best time to take a look at one’s self and realize that what you’ve done is actually impressive and you should be proud of yourself.

In turn, I too contributed my own response by way of a retweet:

If you were to look up the dictionary definitions for the word “success,” it’s when you accomplish a goal or purpose. But I think it’s become too easy for many nowadays to associate the word with whether you’ve been able to obtain a heap of monetary gain. For me, I think the word “success” has become as ambiguous in definition as the phrase “American Dream;” it is what you make of it.

In the bigger scheme of things, I see success as the dictionary definition. Everyone who responded to the tweet all met that definition even more so than Kylie Jenner will ever dream to do so. Those people are the successful ones.

In that regard, I guess that applies to myself as well. While I never anticipated to have two published novels under my belt by the time I was 25, nor did I anticipate becoming a playwright by that age either, looking back on it, I wouldn’t have it any other way. The latter two are works in progress, and so while I can’t consider them successes quite yet, the fact that I’m working towards making them happen definitely says something.

I tip my hat to anyone who responded to that tweet with successes of their own, as well as to anyone out there who went on to execute similar accomplishments.

To the New York Daily News: You might want to consider writing about someone who has actually done something substantial in their lives. You can start by going through the responses to your initial tweet.

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