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What is Success?

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What does success mean to you?

Winston Churchill said that “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”.

There is no easy way to success. No Handbook to give you directions in finding or achieving it. It takes hard work, dedication, the willingness to be corrected and also the willingness to start at the bottom. For no one who achieved great things in life walked into a place and was immediately at the top. Success consists out of a stair case and the only way to the top is to start at the bottom.

Success however doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone. Some people measure success in possessions and money. Others in the forming of a family, but then success could also be the achievement of knowledge or experiences. Like the character Walter Mitty in the film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, where he breaks away from his normal life routine and sets out of on an adventure, travelling to different countries and coming into contact with different cultures.

Therefore success can be seen as whatever you deem important in life. It is however also important to remember that without failure there can be no success. It is therefore your responsibility as individual to take your failures and learn from your mistakes in order to better yourself and grow. Then going back to What Churchill said about success not being final, but rather something that is dynamic – always changing. With this Churchill could mean that people shouldn’t stop dreaming after they achieved the gaol they sat out for themselves. They should constantly dream up new dreams and never stop bettering themselves. After all we only have one life, so we better make it count.

Author: Irene van Staden

Irene van Staden is currently a third year student at the University of Stellenbosch, studying BA (Art and Culture). Her interests range from, visual art, literature, art festivals, theatre, cultural movements and student life.
Contact details: 17497485@sun.ac.za