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Old March 25 2013, 01:50 AM   #46
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Re: How Do You Define Success In Life?

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To me, success is happiness. Happiness to me means many things.

It means having someone to share my life with. It means companionship, camaraderie and affection.

It means feeling fulfilled with how I spend my days, engage with work and hobbies.

It means having enough financial security that I'm not stressing over every penny. It doesn't mean having everything I want; it means having everything I need and being able to sleep at night without worrying about money. I like knowing that I will have a home that is my safe haven from the world.

It means being happy with myself, not being ashamed or apologetic about who I am physically, intellectually and emotionally.
I wish I could have put it this well.

The best I had come up with was not being miserable and not being greedy/ambitious. The continual drive to get more will also mean you struggle to find peace and satisfaction.
Wow, someone actually read my post.

I have relatives who are the most miserable people you are ever likely to meet. It is all about "what can I get?" from every person, thing and situation that they happen to encounter. It's one thing to be ambitious, to have goals, and then try to achieve them. That very admirable and rather efficient. However, it's another thing altogether to never enjoy the moment, to never be satisfied and see everything as a contest that must be WON. What a miserable way to go through life.
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Old March 25 2013, 01:55 AM   #47
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Re: How Do You Define Success In Life?

I define success in life to be: having enough money to pay bills, and perhaps even more important, having your HEALTH.
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Old March 25 2013, 02:07 AM   #48
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How does health have anything to do with success? That's just fucking luck.
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Old March 25 2013, 03:15 AM   #49
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How does health have anything to do with success? That's just fucking luck.

it's a mix-certainly diet, exercise, and lifestyle affect health, so it's not all luck, but luck does play a part. Of course, luck plays a part in intelligence and physical abilities, looks, and almost everything if you start to think about it.
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Old March 25 2013, 03:22 AM   #50
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It's far more luck than anything else.

Is the term fundamental attribution bias? I can't remember, it's something like that -- the tendency we have to overestimate the role our behavior plays in a situation and underestimate external factors. You can run all the marathons you like and micromanage every fucking nutrient that enters your body, but if you come across the wrong pathogen, or have a gene that's just a little wonky, you're fucked.

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Old March 25 2013, 03:24 AM   #51
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Ah, okay... *backs away slowly*
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Old March 25 2013, 03:29 AM   #52
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^It's no big deal, I just don't really understand the mindset of equating good health with success. But maybe that's because I have a chronic illness.
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Old March 25 2013, 03:30 AM   #53
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^ I meant no offense.
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Old March 25 2013, 03:32 AM   #54
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^What makes you think I was offended? I was pointing out a flaw in logic.
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Old March 25 2013, 03:32 AM   #55
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Probably your use of the 'f' word.
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Old March 25 2013, 03:33 AM   #56
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Re: How Do You Define Success In Life?

I'm offended!

Nah, not really.
tsq is right, though. Good health is a roll of the genetic dice.
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Old March 25 2013, 03:34 AM   #57
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Probably your use of the 'f' word.
Clearly I don't swear nearly enough on this board if people think my using fuck implies offense! If I'm offended I will say so. If I use 'fuck' it's because I've had a mouth like a sailor since I was 6 years old.
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Old March 25 2013, 03:36 AM   #58
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FWIW I'm totally on tsq's side.

I mean look at the transverse: this one time, this one guy got polo. Then he was President.
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Old March 25 2013, 03:37 AM   #59
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It's far more luck than anything else.

Is the term fundamental attribution bias? I can't remember, it's something like that -- the tendency we have to overestimate the role our behavior plays in a situation and underestimate external factors. You can run all the marathons you like and micromanage every fucking nutrient that enters your body, but if you come across the wrong pathogen, or have a gene that's just a little wonky, you're fucked.

ETA: Fundamental Attribution Error -- I was close!
I agree with you, but if you get hit with a pathogen or develop cancer and you've let yourself fall into a state of lifestyle induced ill health dealing with disease will be a lot harder on you. And that just plain applies to age as well.

If you say, "I've got my health" that's luck.

If you say, "I've worked to maintain and achieve this level of physical well being" that's success.
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Old March 25 2013, 03:38 AM   #60
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Probably your use of the 'f' word.
Clearly I don't swear nearly enough on this board if people think my using fuck implies offense! If I'm offended I will say so. If I use 'fuck' it's because I've had a mouth like a sailor since I was 6 years old.
You should swear more. It's rather fetching.
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