What does success mean to you?
It's a deeply personal question, but society often prescribes a one-size-fits-all answer: impressive job titles, financial wealth, and a life of luxury.
Your ‘default’ understanding of success is heavily influenced by your birthplace, upbringing, family, and peers.
There are messages that subtly suggest who you are, what you’re capable of, and what you should strive for to be deemed successful.
The problem is that most people never stop to question whether that narrative is true for them.
But you know what else isn’t hard to see: most people are dragging themselves through life, waiting for the day they’ll finally be successful enough to be happy.
So many of us – too many of us – are going through the motions, pretending everything is fine. We cling on to the idea that we just need to achieve X, and then we can finally be happy.
If the core promise of success is happiness (and in society it is):
Why do so many people feel unfulfilled even after 'making it'?
Because the traditional markers of success – the high-status job, the big bank account, the material possessions – don't necessarily lead to fulfillment.