The tragedy of success.

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WHEN SUCCESS KILLS SUBSTANCE

No matter what goals or aspirations you might have, there is one thing certain: There is a price you must pay to get what you want in life. In fact, there is no sidestepping the fact that any type of success demands something from you. It’s simply the way life works. As it is often said: you will not gain something for nothing.

As you make progress along your journey towards your desired outcomes, your pursuits will demand that you make difficult choices about what you will do and about what you won’t do. The goals and objectives you have in mind will not magically manifest in your life. You will need to work hard and potentially make some drastic sacrifices along the way.

I must say that anything you want in your life is essentially unattainable. It’s unattainable if you do not give something up in order to get something back. Giving something up could come in the form of your time, energy, money, relationship or worst, your personal being. You might need to sacrifice one of these things, or maybe a combination of these things in order to get what you want. Considerably, one of the biggest and most profound sacrifices you might undoubtedly need to make along that journey is changing who you are — for whom your “goal” needs you to become. Inarguably, many become blinded by the deceiving notion that they need to transform themselves into “ferocious beasts” in order to scare, devour and topple any competition while being unaware that they are slowly sliding down to a point of losing grip on their substance — the core value defining their humanity.

Having said that, I have one challenge for all of us: Don’t let slip the things you have that are real and substantive in the pursuit of success, most importantly so, in the pursuit of the ephemeral, the prospective, or the offhandedly promised.

This is not to say you should not be willing to set it all aside and go after something bigger or something better. But make sure you do it intelligently, and be aware of what you’re giving up, or might be giving up, when you do so, so you can make the best and most informed decision about which path you must  chose to take.

 

 

21 thoughts on “The tragedy of success.

  1. “Don’t let slip the things you have that are real and substantive in the pursuit of success, most importantly so, in the pursuit of the ephemeral, the prospective, or the offhandedly promised.”- I Love this part. Such a strong challenge that most people fail at. It is just sad sometimes when people lose themselves in their pursuit of success, and then eventually finding themselves unhappy in the end- such tragedy!

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    1. Yes, Nina. It’s so unfortunate that the world kept playing and replaying that tragedy since man learned to pursue the ephemeral. Most unfortunate still is that man is not aware of it, blinded by the deceptive lure of success as the ultimate source of happiness.
      You said it all correctly and beautifully. Your comment pulled out the core of the post, it could serve as its synopsis 🙂
      Thank you for all the support and appreciation!

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  2. Thank you sir! It was such an honor to be reblogged on your site! I’m altogether flattered and humbled 😅
    Thanks for the compliment and for the generous words as well. Definitely made my day 😃 🙏

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    1. Not at all, Pranitha. I’m humbled reading your compliments 🙏 😊
      That’s one of the purposes of my blog, to encourage others and have them somehow think about things in life that truly matters and hopefully look at them the way I do.
      Let us all be mindful enough not to sacrifice what are substantive over those things of lesser importance. I remind that myself everyday 🙂

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      1. Yes, very rightly said. I must say that thanks to your insights I did manage to spend every minute of today much more fruitfully than I usually do. Thank you for that!
        Also, love that new addition to your page, Christmas is around the corner and even in UAE we are aware of that!

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        1. My pleasure 😉 Glad you’ve noticed the snow falling 😃
          Yeah, the Yuletide season is one of those glorious celebrations which was firmly established around the world since. It somehow able to transcend all cultural barriers.
          My warm wishes for you and your loved ones this season Pranitha!

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  4. I loved this post Andrei, and everything about it (well I practically love your whole blog). Yes sacrifice is all about giving up something for something greater in return instead, and only those with the discipline, and mental strength are willing to do so. Great post once more.

    P.S: I decided to go ahead, and nominate you for the Mystery Blogger Award at https://heyitsnyse.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/mystery-blogger-award/. Hope you accept the nomination. Happy blogging 🙂

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    1. Thank you Nyse! It warms my heart reading these words from you 🙂 Glad I made your visit here worthwhile.
      Thanks too for the nomination for the Mystery Blogger Award! 🙂 I also received similar nomination few days back from another awesome blogger too 😉 I’m still working on it. I might look into the possibility of answering your respective questions on a single post 🙂

      Once again, thank you! Have a nice day!

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    1. Hi James!
      Great finding your here 🙂 Glad you enjoyed reading.
      Our posts are absolutely on agreement about this one [quoting from your post]: Life’s not one-dimensional; it’s multifaceted. We are called to manage many areas of life simultaneously. We must balance all these sectors in the pursuit of success: the mental, the physical, the professional/financial, the relational, and the spiritual. It is in mastering all these areas that ultimate success is manifested.
      Best of luck on your blog. Keep on inspiring others!

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