Money or Your Honey?
Angleina Imperiale, Features Editor
April 3, 2012
Filed under Opinions
What is the measure of success in life? The answer is subjective to what a person values in life whether it be owning the best material objects, or just making it.
The most respected people in life are typically those who were at first frowned upon or deemed as failures.
Albert Einstein was unable to speak until he was four years old and could not read until he was seven. His parents believed him to be “sub-normal” and one of his teachers described him as “Mentally slow, unsociable,and adrift forever in foolish dreams.”
Thomas Edison was in a similar situation as Einstein’s. One of his teachers remarked that he was “Too stupid to learn anything,” yet he invented something that we in modern times cant imagine living without. After 1,000 attempts Edison created the light bulb. Edison later said, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times; the light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
The universal judgement of success is based on what a person has. It’s usually all about who has the best education, job and material possessions to show for their success. What people fail to recognize are the things which I find to be the most important. What about the successes of love, family and the things that make people happy? No amount of money can buy those things, and I don’t see how a person can be considered successful without them.
The aspects of success vary. Amanda Berry, a math teacher, said, “I think success should be measured by how much you achieve and how much effort you put into it,” said Berry. She further explained that if you have a natural talent, but don’t put any effort towards it, then it shouldn’t be considered a success.
Robert Bowren, Senior, views success as reaching goals in life, and added, “Success is defined by the holder.”
I agree that success is something that is to be worked for, but I disagree that a person is unsuccessful if they didn’t go to the biggest college or never made a lot of money. To me, success is defined in one’s character, and the ability to find love and happiness despite the rest of world.