Margaret Mead's View Of Success

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A Mode of Succes: An analysis of Margaret Mead 's Understanding of Success "The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." Vince Lombardi 's analysis of success is, in a sense, similar to Margaret Mead 's. Mead claims that success is not necessarily possessed by the most extravagant and rich person, "For many Americans, the concept of success is a source of confusion. As a people, we Americans greatly prize success. We are taught to celebrate and admire the one who gets the highest grades, the one voted most attractive or most likely to succeed. But while we often rejoice in the success of people far…show more content…
My observing the actions of others, one can easily come to the conclusion that Margaret Mead 's analysis of success is overwhelmingly correct. As I walk through the halls of Worland High School I see other girls criticizing and putting down those they do not even know. They 've simply heard something bad about that person, and decide to replicate and circulate the gossip most of the time because that specific person is pretty. How often do you hear gossip spreading about the 'nerd ' in the school? This, again, is the competition factor. Granted, there is healthy competition; that would be the same competition that fuels the capitalistic American economy, but there is also empty competition. The ultimate goal has been lost in this type of competition. The goal in a competition, a race for example, is to reach the finish line first, and in the process you do not trip the other runners, you seek to better your speed, form, and endurance. With the gossip in the hallways, this goal is lost because tearing others down will not give you better speed, form or endurance. In other words, speed, form and endurance are substitutes for the idea of betterment of an individual. Simply put, how will tearing other 's successes to a pulp further your success? Of course this brings Margaret Mead back to the idea of…show more content…
In conclusion, Margaret Mead has a very clear and correct understanding of success.Taking our eyes off of those who are on national television and rather focusing on those around us will be the best type of success. Those prominent figures in the media are important, however, but we need to remember that their success is almost on an entirely different scale. One cannot jump from poverty to prosperity in a matter of days, it is a constant mode of self-improvement that will eventually amount to something. And this is the American way! Current republican presidential candidates currently display this idea, those being Ted Cruz and Ben Carson, because each of them understood the idea of success and utilized it in the best way to improve themselves for the betterment of all. So, next time you 're about to demean someone near you for their success, remember that your success is not measured by your own slanderous comments, but rather your ability to devote to something and work with intention. Overall, I agree with Margaret Mead 's
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