First, list five people that would be fairly universally accepted as successful. Why would they be considered to be successful?
Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Sam Walton, Steve Jobs.
Don’t look down at the next part until you’ve chosen all five.
List five people that you admire. Why do you admire them? Oprah Winfrey, Robert Downey, Jr., Bill Gates, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Sam Walton.
Don’t look down until you’ve chosen them.
What are some similar traits? Among those I admire, they overcame obstacles either in their personal, or public life to be successful in their chosen fields. With the exception of LBJ, none went into politics. I don’t admire career politicians as a whole especially the whole Kennedy Dynasty concept but I make an exception in LBJ’s case because he came from a humble background and was President in one of the most interesting decades of the 20th century. Those I deem successful by the general public have made their mark financially and probably wouldn’t have made this list without making money, lots of it.
What makes the people you admire different from the people deemed successful (if they are different people)? Successful people are generally measured on their personal fortunes. People I admire may be financially successful but how they handle their success with the rest of the world makes the difference. Bill Gatesand others like him have probably given back to the masses as much as any successful person has. I don’t begrudge him his fortune just because he doesn’t bankrupt himself to do so anymore then I would the Kennedys or Bush family because they chose to go into politics as fake philanthropists rather then give back directly through more positive acts of pure philanthropy. He also made all his money himself rather then through inheritance. Also, I don’t admire Donald Trump much although I know he probably has given back to the masses simply because of his arrogance. He is a wannabe politician and publicity hound and nothing more.
If each of those persons were to somehow achieve their accomplishments without becoming well-known, or receiving any money, would they still be successful? Or admirable? Such as, an athlete breaking a record, but without competing against others (racing alone) and never making the record public, or a person negotiating a peace treaty from behind the scenes, or a composer making a magnificent Opus, but no one ever plays or hears it? A big wig on the stock market who makes some incredible trades, but doesn’t get paid? I admired my dad greatly and although he wouldn’t be considered successful monetarily, he owned a few patents through his work as a computer analyst working for a large corporation that had contracts with the US government. He was happy doing what he loved later in his life (farming) and never resented not being recognized publicly for his achievements which were classified for several years by the government.5 days ago