Our culture tells us we are successful if we
- Are famous (celebrities, sportspersons, actors etc.)
- Are extremely rich (worth several million dollars)
- Lead a lavish lifestyle (Lambhorginis, Michellin Star meals, destination weddings)
- Are powerful (CEOs, Managing Directors, Founders)
- Graduate from famous colleges (Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge)
- Do something groundbreaking (Innovators, Explorers, Pioneers)
We are actually successful if we merely
- Have enough leisure to not keep hustling
- Nurture a close circle of family and friends
- Eat nutrious food, and exercise regularly
- Cultivate habits that preserves our well-being
- Have enough money to sustain our needs
- Lean into life with generosity and a sense of wonder
The list below might seem like a terrible compromise. But it is startling how many people deemed successful by the one above, have glaring gaps in the one below.
Leading an ‘ordinary’ but virtuous life is worth celebrating, because it is much harder and more important than our culture leads us believe.