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Anita Doron

filmmaker - curator of magic unrealism,

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Wealth and power have been our conventional measures of success. What definition will better sustain us now and how can we move into it?

The other day, my mother mentioned that she hasn't accomplished anything in her life. (She's a forest and machine engineer who hasn't found a suitable job since immigrating from the Soviet Union 20 years ago) It broke my heart to hear this. We live in a world that makes people value themselves more and more singularly by their career highs and financial prowess.

The conventional model of success has proven to be destructive, separating and pitting us against each other in competition.

What would be a better definition of accomplishment for us and how could we collectively shift toward embracing this?

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  • Apr 19 2011: Hi Anita,

    Whenever I'm asked what defines success, I always remember a poster on the wall of my dentist's clinic...
    “Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character.” – William Arthur Ward

    I always loved that quote and still remember it until this day. Unfortunately, what you said is the current reality. My daughter is in pre-school and I've seen parents who pressure their children to be at the top of their class. They are being taught to compete and compare with others at a very young age. For me, that is not how I measure my child's success. My goal for my daughter is to learn and just be the best person that she can possibly be. If she happens to enjoy learning and receive honors in the process, then that would just be a bonus.

    How can we change the current definiton? I don't really know but whatever it is, it will need some drastic improvements on the state of education and mass media.

    Have a great day to you and your mom.

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