Success

What is this elusive thing
Called Success?
We are born, we grow out of our
Nappies and babygros
We learn to crawl, toddle then walk
We graduate from baby gibberish
To childlike talk
Then we go to school
And we learn even more things,
Subjects that may
Or may not be relevant
To our everyday lives
But which Society deems
Are Essential to a
“Well-rounded” Education

We go to Career Days,
Our parents drill into us
The importance of succeeding
In our studies
We learn it’s Essential
That we get qualifications
And join the eternal paperchase
On our way to Success
If we fail to get high grades
We are berated and made to
Feel like failures
And we are expected to improve
Our performance
Or go to remedial classes
To help us Succeed

So, now we are armed with
A ream of papers
Proclaiming our worth to Society
Now what?
Some go on to chase more papers
Others go on to chase each other
Up the Career Ladder
Yes, there is such a thing, and it
Promises that when we get there
We will have Succeeded
We will be a Success
And woe to those who remain
At the bottom of that ladder
For they will be downtrodden
And they will be in menial,
Mundane jobs
And never be a Success
Unlike us

Is that really what Success means?
I’m telling you now it’s Not.
It’s not what we’ve been taught
In schools and colleges
Or universities
It’s not the yardstick by which
Society measures your worth
It’s nothing that can be found
Outside ourselves
We have been lied to
Since the day we were born
And we are being lied to
At every twist and turn of this Life

The real meaning of Success
Is in you being born
Growing out of your nappies
And babygros
Success is in you learning
To crawl, toddle then walk
When you graduate from
Baby gibberish to
Childlike talk
And when you learn
Through experience
Through a sense of wonder
And amazement
At everything you see
When you question everything
Around you
And you get real answers
– not the answers Society
Deems you should hear
Success is in cultivating in yourself
A curious, creative, captivated mind
Not a narrow, blinkered, ignorant one
Success is where in your Life
You apply Logic
And Compassion
And Empathy
And a sense of Community
And a willingness to Teach others
As well as Learn from others
Where you learn to Share
And Contribute
And Care for one another
And Work towards the Greater Good
Of everyone on Earth

Success is Not about
Earning the most money
Or having the best job
Or buying the most properties
Or the biggest yachts
Or going abroad on holidays
Yes, it is true
We are bombarded
At every twist and turn
By social media and advertisements
By the television, radio and internet
That to have more stuff than others
Should be our ultimate goal in life
That our level of Success
Can only be measured
By our level of material wealth
And it is true that this Great Lie
Has been fed to us
From the day we were born
Going back hundreds of years
And it is also true that
Most of the world’s population
Accept this definition of Success
And by following its principles
Actively promote it
And so the circle continues

But I say
We need to Wake Up
And we need to acknowledge
That we have been asleep
For far too long,
We have had the wool pulled
Over our eyes
For far too long
And Now is the time
To Rise Up
Now is the time
For Revolution
And if each one of us
Believes in ourselves
In our infinite potential
For greatness, no matter what
Our level of education
Or social status
Or race, religion, culture
If each one of us
Firmly believes he or she
Is Already a Success
Just by being here today
– then that Revolution
Is well under way
And it will be
The Real Success of Humanity

Are You Ready
For Real Success?

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