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I had a conversation with one of my best friends the other day and we were discussing that one of the major factors of my depression is the fact that I don’t consider myself successful. the conversation went sort of like this:
Her: I think you’re very successful. Why don’t you think you’re successful?
Me: I don’t have a good job or the level of education I feel like I should.
Her: You’ve come really far. All by yourself. Without any help. But that aside, I think there’s something seriously wrong with the way society defines success. Why don’t we measure success in how much love we have in our lives? Or how much we’ve helped others? Or happiness? What does it say about us as a people that we measure success in how much money we have? It’s pretty sick if you ask me.
It was very helpful for me to hear that but now I want to ask you guys some questions. How do you define success? Do you consider yourself successful? Why? Do you think we as a society need to have a cultural redefining of this word?
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