Dealing with Success

by on Nov.30, 2016, under Inspiration & Others

Prior to 21st Century, there were plenty of talks and writings on “how to handle failure”, in the 21st century that message is still relevant given that humans constantly fail in one way or the other. In the present century, the other message that is increasingly important is “how to handle success”. To start with, let me get two things out of the way, first, in this article I will use “success” to mean financial success but the kind of success that  I pursue in life is based on Emerson’s definition of success and I could invite anyone to consider making Emerson’s definition of success his/her own because it is all-encompassing “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of the children; to earn the appreciation of honest critic and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded”. Secondly, I am aware that some rich people may have not made their wealth fairly and they may not be treating there employees in a humane way but this is not a habit reserved for the rich, it is the habit of the evil people. I have witnessed some poor people who mistreat their house-helps and other domestic workers, just as some rich people my do.

I know many people who want to be more successful or at least they pray for their children to be very successful, but those same people castigate and vilify the successful ones without isolating the evil ones. Among those who vilify the successful people, there are those who mistreat people they have power over, be it at home or in the office and they pay bribe to get ahead but they castigate the rich without isolating the evil ones. Being rich is not the same thing as being evil, if it were why is it that so many people want to be rich?

I thought that successful societies like the US are at peace with wealth, but the election of Mr. Trump has taught the human race many things, of interest to our discussion here is that America, the home of many successful persons is not at peace with success. The Americans do not know how to handle a rich president. It almost sounds like if you are very rich you should not seek or accept a public office. Why do we have such great hatred for what we all want to become?

Given that Mr. Trump is not among the top 100 or 200 but 300 riches persons in the world, there are plenty of billionaires in the world. China is producing them in tens of thousands and it is projected that if the Chinese economy grows at the current rate or better the in the coming years China may produce hundreds of thousands billionaire annually. According to Forbes the world has about 1810 billionaires and still counting. The world that demands that its dwellers should be successful, should also accept that those who have become successful can also seek and occupy public offices since they are human and many humans aspire to be like them.

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