There have been a lot of definitions of success. It is really difficult to determine the meaning of success in the most comprehensive way as the meaning of success varies with different people’s viewpoints. While a lot of people in our society associates success with the attainment of material rewarding such as money, promotion, some believe that the success can just be assessed on the basis of what they have contributed to the society. Success brings me to the famous saying of Bob Dylan: “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” In my opinion, it is, not the best though, the simple but comprehensive definition of success. It is the freedom of pursuing what we really want to do that the most important ingredient for the success.
According to what Bob Dylan indicated in his saying, it is the ability to do what he longed for and accomplish the desirable work to the fullest extent that defines his own success. He can pursue his own dream and commit all his effort to yield the best result. Everybody, at least once in our youth, has wondered if we are going on the right track to the success, having vague concept of things we are doing. Since we were young, we have been fed up with the idea of success originating from the academic attainment, which attaches much importance to your performance at school. When we become more mature, our mindset does not prove much change as we once again step in the well-trodden path that the precedent generations have built. It is the wealth, the fame or the social status that are the measure of how successful we are. We are attracted in this circle of life inadvertently, performing best at schools, trying to win a place in reputed course of a prestigious school without spending one minute wondering if we are suitable for this or we are interested in this course. We choose the course just because our parents want and this route has been ensured. In fact, we are trapped in the dogma and the mainstream. To some extent, you will find satisfied with this result, however, this feeling of satisfaction just stems from the feeling of being the same, not from your own dream and as a result, at some points of life, you will sooner or later find that all things you have done are worthless. Money is one important criterion to define success, however, the feeling of absolute satisfaction accounts more weight in assess the success of yours. We can take Steve Jobs as a case in point. He is a study of the one daring to chase what he believes to be his true dream. He dropped out of school right at the first semester of the college, attending a course of calligraphy just because of his passion for beautiful hand-writing without knowing what it would serve his own future. All of these actions are not supposed to be the ones made by a “successful” person that defined by the general public. However, what we know today is that Steve Jobs was one of the billionaires of Information Technology, considered to be one of the most visionary leaders of the world. Financial success, you may say, has made him become the idol of the young all over the world. Nonetheless, it is his bravery to pursue his dream, the willing to break any dogma to live with his own love or the spirit of “stay hungry, stay foolish” that made him stand out from other billionaires, making everybody admire him.
Some may argue that this way of living reflects the selfish lifestyle that is popular in the young nowadays, in which people do everything what they like without paying heeds to others. This is, however, the distorted view of the issues. Living our own life does not mean becoming egocentric or indifference about other people but it is the practice of balance your own interest with the ones of the others. Personally, I think success takes place when we can do what we like, go in a different route without interfering others’ interest and importantly, we can make our own desire consistent with the benefit of our society. As we can see from the case of Steve Jobs and Bob Dylan, they succeeded in their own distinctive ways. In addition, they have made considerable contribution to the progress of the world. Besides, it is important to make a clear distinction between dream and some kind of illusion. A true dream will lead you to success while illusion just leads you to somewhere far from the real life without bringing any benefit to both you and the society.
In the light of the above discussion, I strongly believe that success can take place only when we accomplish what we like and our work has helped improve our own life as well as life of others. There are many ways to reach success and don’t waste our time living other people’s lives. Set your own route to pursue your own dream, working hard to win this and one day your indefatigable effort will deserve rewarding success.