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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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    Jun 3 2011: Great question Anita.

    Recently I've been asking that question and have come to the conclusion that I get the most out of life when I am encouraged and inspired by other people - whatever form they hand it to me with. As I get older I am realizing the need for me to do the same and stop concerning myself with financial security/success.

    So my answer would be to encourage inspiring others at a younger age so we can become champions of all at the same time as being their competition. I think it can be more than just "team spirit" because that is a simple answer. I believe that if we grade ourselves not only based on our personal successes, but by all those that we touch, fulfillment and respect can be widen to a degree that even I cannot comprehend.

    That is my path now and I would ask your mother who she has inspired and encouraged along the way - she did a great job in raising you since you are so inquisitive and thoughtful in asking this question.

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