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Sunday, January 15, 2012


a few months back, a friend came up to me and said, "you know van gogh during his career as a painter, managed to sell only about one or two paintings during his life, cut off his ears and then committed suicide." he added, what happened after he passed on is now seen as 'success' worldwide which means wealth or money by van gogh's standards can't be a definition of success. to which i agreed.

putting that in perspective though, while i like van gogh, i am almost certain that i have no reason to be him and therefore i don't need to be van gogh to consider myself successful. i too believe that hypothetically, if van gogh was still alive today, he might not think any other better paying profession besides being an artist would fit him.

so i guesss, that just made the first two paras of this entry seemingly pointless. but there is a point to this, in which i believe the definition of success isn't as important as HOW we define it. so are many other definitions in this world, it is HOW we define it that matters and not the definition.

so, how do we define success? fame? followers? power? what? you see each person has his own way of defining success. but when in a group, success then becomes nothing but mathematical averages in which the definition of success is then defined by aligning the views of the majority. saying this means, how the society defines success will reflect the advancement of the society itself.

it is quite apparent that here in malaysia success is still defined by how much money one have. for example, MLM business, i doubt that anyone when he was a kid, wants to sell instant coffee for a pyramid scheme, but all ambitions are lost due to the pressure of keeping up with the society. awarding moviemakers who achieved high box office collection for instance is another example which is rather bizarre. it's like giving money for someone who has a lot of money. whatever one does isn't important for as long as money is in the play. X = money = success in which X here could be anything you could think of. this X is also the reason why a lot of things in malaysia are still in the gutter.

i'm not saying we can't see wealth as a success factor, we can if we want to as i believe we don't all have to be like van gogh to be considered successful. there is no definition good enough to measure success anyway. but one thing i am sure of, for as long as we see success being 'how much money we have,' we will never produce our own van goghs.



Hafiz Saadon said...

Absolutely agree with you, for me success is when you build your own pathway and leave tracks for others to follow. Parents nowadays define success as how much money their children can make in the future. That's why our generation nowadays are forced being into medicine or engineering. As a medical student, some of my friend never even wanted to become doctors. Thank God I'm into medicine because I want to, but I pity some of my friends because their parents are still stuck with the idea of "being a doctor means having a lot of money", padahal jadi doktor bukannya boleh buat banyak duit sngt pun, unless you're a very good one.

"there is no definition good enough to measure success anyway." Absolutely right. Success should be, being GREAT at things you are good at and inspire other people with your achievements. It should not be associated with money, fame, or follower, or even the type of car you are driving.

redza minhat said...

Hafiz, kudos. Make us proud.

Naimmah Roslan said...

This is great,i love it. :)

gdsjht said...


Zalikha Anas said...

Quoting Ahmad Izham Omar-

If your end goal is making money, then you forgot what the money is really for.

Intan Asmira said...

another great post bro. nah, this sketch is for you. hope you like it

Anonymous said...

One of the things that I will teach my child(ren) when I become a parent (apart from reality TV is not real) is that success mean different thing to different people. I just don't subscribe to society' definition of success.


Hiddy Asri said...

Sorry to say, I hate MLM scheme. It's totally unfair :(

How to Make Money said...

Money represent assets.
Money is just a promise to pay. So if you have a lot of money then it means you have a lot of assets. thus wealth.

How do you make money? Create services and products for others. Movies for pleasures entertaining and escapism.
Music for pleasures to drown yourself in.

Control others food like sugar by Kuok China man or control rice by Arab Bukhari.

Each time some one eat rice a few cents is taken by Syed Bukhari through license by UMNO,
Each time you drink sugar Kuok become richer through license by UMNO.

Each time you swithc on your light Yeoh Tiong Lay and Ananda become rich.

Each time you watch Astro Ananda become rich through license by Mhahthir.

Each time you buy 4D, Vincent Tan collects money.

So you see that is why money is important.

For those wihtout license they try to create tax system through MLM. Everytime someone buy they collect commission.

But this small compare to the millions who drink tea or coffee or soft drinks.

Another way to make money is throuhg subsidy. 250 million for books shops. 260 million for sugar processing factories. 100 million for glaxo smith etc.

So you get tax payer money through subsidies.

So it simple to make money if you understand how.

Anonymous said...

Jiwa Kentang Lenyek - Cafe Demo .. wont get it in local :)