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A Kinder Version Of Success

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"Does our measurement of success encourage or inhibit our pursuit of true passion?" Alain de Botton's TEDtalk, "A Kinder Gentler Version of Success" explores the possibility of doing what we truly want rather than what we believe is expected that we do. Learn more on http://hlst.ee/1dZootv.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I love his sense of humor. His darkness is so fantastic. "If you can't relate to someone, you can't envy them. The closer people are in age and background, the closer in identification, the more there's a danger of envy, which is incidentally the reason why none of you should go to a high school reunion."

    "There's a real correlation between a society who tells you you can do anything and the existence of low self-esteem....If you really believe in a society where those who merit to get to the top, get to the top, you also, and in a more nasty way, believe in a society where those who deserve to get to the bottom, get to the bottom and stay at the bottom."

    Oh wow his historical comparison of the Loser vs. the unfortunate. Now, people own their success but they also they own their own failures. It just goes to show we all need to lift our own self-pressures. The fact that we've started to worship ourselves and human heroes vs. nature or a higher power has changed our perceptions about ourselves. I love how he says we all need to connect with nature to feel more deeply connected to the world. This was a great reality check.