The ruler of success

A relative recently asked, “how does one measure success?” Some genius replied that first, you take out a ruler… Sometimes a long answer is a better reply to a short question.

In many fields of life there are measures of success, for example in business – how many people you employ or the profit you make; in football – how many goals you score, etc. In one’s private life there can also be externally imposed measures of success, that is, expectations that other place on you. Did you graduate? Are you happily married and rich with 2 perfect kids, and are you doing better than all those celebrities we worship so much? No? Well then…

Other measures of success are self imposed. Losing weight, gaining promotion, starting a business, writing an autobiography by age 29. These are objective measures and so they should be easy to measure. However these benchmarks are usually determined to appease ones emotions. To create a sense of accomplishment. So setting cold stats as targets is easy, doing so from an emotional angle complicates matters.

So it should be easy to measure success but it is not, but either way all you need is a measure. In things regarding a short length a ruler is used to measure success. In life a ruler is unlikely to do the trick…

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