By Chris Delamo of Red Pill Philosophy
It seems we all want success in life.
It’s what we’re conditioned to desire by our parents.
“Get good grades”, they tell us, “and we’ll love you, be proud, and we’ll buy you that toy you’ve always wanted!”
In school, our entire sense of self-esteem depends on our ability to chase arbitrary (yes, arbitrary) letter grades, with smiley faces written in the same red ink that “F’s” are sometimes written in, scrawled sloppily across an assignment by an over-worked teacher.
The marketing, the media, and the overall cultural theme here in the West is simple and clear: “’Succeed’, and You’ll Be Accepted, Loved, and Happy.”
Of course, it seldom works out that way, and sadly (actually, thankfully), that old model for success is crumbling before our eyes and can actually be the catalyst for your FAILURE if you continue to follow it.
The desire to be successful, can cause us to scramble through our work, and end up diluting our original, authentic, genuine creativity.
The SAME authentic creativity, by the way, that BRINGS us success in the first place.
That, of course, is the zen-paradoxical irony: the more we desperately want to be successful, the more we dilute our authentic creative voices that BRING success in the first place.
The hungry…don’t get fed…
But first, I think it’s important to explain WHY focusing too much on “success” CAN inhibit your natural creative talents that BRING success in the first place.
You see, best-selling author, and creator of one of the top-marketing/business blogs in the world, Seth Godin, wrote prolifically in his book, “The Icarus Deception”, about HOW our outdated, dying industrial economy that dominated American life for the last 100 or so years, is now being replaced by an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT ECONOMY, one that few people are aware of, and much less PREPARED for… Continue reading