Exactly 10 articles ago, I held a discussion article called “Who Do You Want to Be in 2030,” which challenged the readers to join the comment section with their answer to my question. The discussion article question was well… The question was in the title.
That article hit triple digits in the comment section! It is the current owner of the most comments on Self Stairway at a cool 100 comments.
It seems to have gone really well so I’m going to be creating a discussion thread every 10 articles (which is every 10 weeks) where the focus will be on the comment section and the discussion it generates.
Last month, I wrote “6 Outrageous Lies You Believe About Achieving Success” and it generated some good discussion where people were voicing their opinions for or against my points. It was a more controversial topic so there were people in the comments that very tactfully disagreed with a few points, something that I was more than happy to see.
I’m not saying you have to read the entire article now, but I would suggest you read it for some ideas for this because this week’s question is:
What do you think is/are the biggest success myth(s)?
There are a lot of ideas out there and some get told as fact even when there is evidence against these ideas or there’s room for more out-of-the-box thinking. Success can be defined as many things so it’d be helpful if you can first start off with your definition of success.
Once you do that, expand on a myth that is often thrown about when discussing the ideas of achieving that level of success (using your definition.)
Success could be personal satisfaction, money, ownership of more tangible items, etc. If you really want to go textbook-style, Dictionary.com defines success as “the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.”
It would be interesting to see what ideas you can come up with and feel free to talk about more than one myth.
Ideas for Your Answer
This could be something you hear repeated over and over without factual evidence or something you disagree with and you feel should be re-examined by the majority. It can be on internal or external influences, anything! Be creative in how you approach this question.
Now’s your chance to be controversial! If you don’t think kids should go to college then say so (but please expand on your reasoning.) Maybe you believe we should move to a system of bartering goods and throw all our money away. That’d be an interesting argument, but hey.
You can make a list, talk about one myth and expand with an essay, or you can just tell us what you believe is the biggest myth and let us chime in with our thoughts.
Share your answer in the comments and join in to add your thoughts on top of other people’s reply.
I’ve already gone over my success myths (6 of them to be exact,) but I’ll recap for you some of the sayings that I dare call false. For review, my myths were: college is the ONLY path to success, you need goals and a BIG picture, it’s all about whom you know, success will change you, if you want it bad enough then success will come, and success will make you happy.
I expand on each point in “6 Outrageous Lies You Believe About Achieving Success.”
Share this article with people who you think may have great thoughts and even reach out to influencers that you’d like to hear from! Let them know this discussion is going on! Let’s break the last discussion’s record and get over 100 comments!
Note: I hope someone gets my “clever” caption under the image at the top of this article.
Photo Credit: Keith Ramsey (flickr)