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Interpretations of Success in the Eyes of Today’s Generation

The desire to get quick success and money is challenge that affects many people living in this generation.  To most people success and money can never be separated. They believe that money can help buy everything they need in life. As a result, these people who do not have or rather get this money as they expect stay depressed and hence look for ways of acquiring this money. Moreover, the desire for money and wealth has transcended people’s ability to effectively choose their career that motivates then than financial stability that other careers offer. Many youths today have wondered on how they can get rich so fast.  Youths are thus encouraged to appreciate the values of hard work as the means to success. Youths are advised to nurture their skills as well pursue their career that motivates them. This paper seeks to examine the judgments and interpretations of people regarding success and wealth.

The term success has been interpreted in different ways. First, success is defined as a level of succeeding.  Second, success is defined as the act of achieving or getting respect, wealth, or fame. Success means different things for many people. To succeed, there is virtue that one is expected to exhibit. Education is regarded as one way that imparts skills and ability to individuals so that they can succeed. According to Sonya and others (7), education plays a significant role in imparting reverent skills in the minds of students especially those in the higher level of education. These authors through the study they conducted at Georgetown University with an aim of encourage student’s ideas by funding.  They established that students had the capacity to enhance their writing skills by writing grants at a pay.  These students were found to have grown professionally and could utilize their ideas and competencies in a manner that they make money.  These authors encourage the youths to enter the reproach projects which will benefit them and their community.  Youths should also go for career choices that motivate them so that they can be able to establish real motivation that will drive them in whatever the career paths they would wish to take. The authors acknowledge the fact that there are certain jobs that can drive people so fast to financial stability. However, they advise that the youths that they should not be pushed into these career field for inappropriate reasons. Additionally, the youths should go for what motivates them personally and that they should not be attracted to finance stability that comes with that chosen career path.

Some critics such as Albert (12), gives various aspects of money concerning how the society defines it, and the influence it has over the people’s self-esteem. Going by the say, money talks or the real thing in life are free. Presently, this generation has overlooked the old say of the real things are free and embraces the ideology of the best things are bought (Olson, Deborah & Kenneth 17).  Many people today have been found to have placed a lot of value o money and more so allowing money to define who they are as well as their self-worth. Today, money is being used as therapy especially when one feels depressed which should not be the case. People should find themselves working on the self -worth and appreciates the gifts that they have freely. These gifts include good health, friends as well as loving family among m any others. Further, Albert (14) posits that if we allow money to control every aspect of our lives, then we are enslaved by it that do not even experience any real results. However, the author has challenged us that if we work on ourselves and construct a robust foundation to which we view ourselves through, then we can be able to direct this energy to be useful us so much that it will enhance the money that we have allowed to defines ourselves. It is undisputable that the money has the power to influence the comfortable lives in respect to luxuries; however, it does not have the power to control how happy an individual is on appreciation and acceptance of oneself.

It is important to note that money can influence individuals’ happiness but up to some particular point (Onderko 24).  He argues that wealth can sometimes hinder individual’s joy. We are therefore encouraged to appreciate whatever we own and maximize it to get our pleasure. The author asserts that hard work and perseverance is the only way we can achieve success, although not concentrating on making money and call it a success. Wealth should remain to be a bi-product of our efforts but not the main place we should focus on. Success is said to be incremental, calculated and righteous.  Born into the time of over scheduling and structural behavior, this generation believes that they are not likely to be on the fast track. The see the pathways to attaining the goals of life a more of determined effort that starts with attending the right school, residing the right place, getting the best job and identifying the right values. This generation is responsible free to achieve the success they desire. As opposed to the generation that was carefree and uninhibited, today’s generation wishes for a lot of freedom that is balanced with the sense of some responsibilities. For youths attaining freedom does not involve the option of taking risks, for them the freedom if success is accompanied with a feeling of purpose as well as the authority of individuals opportunity to become everything they want (Albert 11). The youths today focus on growing their personal currency. They are concentrating on making their marks in the world as well as working towards increasing their net worth together with the self-worth. For them, money is equated to the means and not the end. They are aware that financial securities bring opportunity.

On the argument that success impacts happiness, Patty, (16) posits that psychology has depicted that money can bring happiness but up to a certain point and forever. Patty (4), in his search also found that a lot of wealth can even impede the capacity to appreciate joys of life. Moreover, he stresses that people should make most of what they pose and maximize that to achieve happiness and be successful. There is the high influence of materialistic orientation in the youth.  Financial education programs should be offered as preventive measures. It was established that most of the participants agreed with money a better future is guaranteed. They said that money could buy happiness. Financial education attempts to enhance people’s awareness of economic issues and their capability to make wise monetary decisions (Manley, Peter & Jörn 43). These youths are expected to focus social participation, understanding actual needs, and being responsible for the environment. Family and the entire community should support young people to succeed in the right manner. The youths should be told that money and success are gradual and that it may come from hard work. Most studies have revealed that youths go for many jobs so that they can be able to have financial stability. However, it has been found that the demands are so many that cannot be satisfied with the money we have. Youths consider having luxuries and ability to afford everything they need as success. Other people consider taking manual jobs including working in hotels and double it with other duties so that they can makes end meet.  The low wages that employers have been giving its employee have rendered many youths hopeless. They therefore seek to look for money by doing everything possible. Moreover, many people have felt depressed when they have failed to get huge money that they have been looking.  They have associated money with success and consequently happiness.

Most youths today lack the patience to nurture their skills (Sonya et al. 14). For instance, when the youths get employment they want to become manager’s immediately they are hired. Therefore he urges that youths should be equipped with correct skills so that they can have excellent communication skills, collaboration skills as well as conducting themselves professionally. Such youth should get exposed to career guidance and real workplaces (Kossowsky 29). Moreover, the teens should be given mentors and role models with whom they discuss different sensitive matters about career pathways, success, and money, as well as the realities of the everyday work environment. For instance, Sonya and others (23) asserted that he has seen many young people leaving their fist jobs because they are not paid enough money that can enable them to buy everything they want.  These youths believe that to have money; one is happy and productive.  Youths are advised to pursue their career paths to realize what they want in life and then money shall follow. Many people have pursed their career paths for money reasons, later they realized that money alone is not enough to guarantee happiness.

Money does not equate to success.  It is not always the case that the people who tend to earn more money are successful. It is therefore success that gives us happiness.  We should realize that money is additional benefit that comes after our efforts.  The successful individuals are productive and satisfied in their jobs (Sonya et al. 15). They are motivated and inspired to work so that they can achieve success. However, those people who have followed money and not career path have found quite difficult to stick to their jobs. Additionally, money cannot buy happiness. This is because happiness comes from within.   There are im important gifts such a family that money cannot buy. No matter how rich one is, if they lack a family they cannot be happy.

Our health is one of the precious gifts that we should maintain and appreciate.  Everyone desires to stay healthy.  Money cannot buy health; it is something that we must work hard to keep. Also, everyone works very hard so that they can achieve opportunities. Some of these opportunities help us grow and acquire skills and experience (Sonya et al. 15). It is important for us to place our goals before money. This is because when we do not have goals we lack purpose and hence we will achieve no advancement t in life. We should always strive to set our goals we want to achieve. One of the goals we should set is having strong relationships and friendships as well as interacting with our communities. Therefore it is our goals that link us to success but not money.

In conclusion, this generation has perceived success in terms of having money and wealth. However, it has been arguing that money cannot buy happiness or it buy then that happiness will be short lived. This generation is encouraged to embrace hard work and perseverance as the only way they can achieve success which should not be confused with making money. Similarly, youths have also been advised to follow their right career paths that are self-motivated and not financially driven.  Money cannot help one appreciate one’s self-worth and happiness.  It should not be our point of focus.  We should appreciate gifts such as family, friend, and our good health among others. Money has been valued beyond life gifts. Many people have resorted to taking many jobs so that they can get a lot of money to buy precious items like cars. When such people fail to get enough money then they feel depressed. We should therefore view money a means to the end and not the end itself. Therefore we should work hard tom achieve success that is not associated with money. Money should be additional pay off for our hard work. Most studies have revealed that money cannot buy happiness neither can it buy heath as well as family. In order to achieve success we should have our goals that will guide our purpose.

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Albert Ellis, “Psychology of money”

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