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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 30 2011: I'm trying to find the true meaning of success at the moment, as well.
    What I can say so far is that it's about self fulfilment and of the likes,
    and that wealth and power should/could only be byproducts of this.
    Even then, it's not necessary.

    as it seems that often power and wealth is
    acquired more and more through connections you are born into or one you force
    yourself into by playing a game that by all means is not fair or very productive.
    Those with high levels of money and power are at times at the worst end of the
    spectrum (in terms of doing harm to society, pushing for their own interest and
    thus contributing to the inequalities/pollution of this world)

    so in conclusions, money and power are not the true virtues of success - far from it
    A focus on being a good person, with a large venue of experiences and a positive mind
    will take you a hell of a lot further in being successful than any hunt for power and money ever will.

    Please convey that to your mother :)

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