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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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    May 25 2011: I like Earl Nightingale's definition.

    "Success is the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal".

    To me, that is all about how we evolve as human beings, communities and families. In this sense, your mother is absolutely successful. To have a daughter as a TED fellow is an extraordinary feat. There are not that many Fellows. Additionally, ANYONE who is brave enough to migrate anywhere has been successful. Moving overseas to live is one of the HARDEST things to do personally, financially and psychologically.

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