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Success and contentment

What is success? I’ve been mulling over this question lately. The constant striving in our society to reach ever-moving markers of “success” and the dissatisfaction that seems to plague those who have reached them have left me wondering precisely what success is and if it is achievable. For now, I have concluded that contentment might be the defining feature of success, and the most successful among us are those who have and live with that intangible inner sense of satisfaction that tells them they are okay, whatever their circumstances. The question, it seems, is not “how can I become successful?” but “how can I become content?” I’m certain the answer is not found in getting more “things.”

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