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What is your definition of success?

Five  American students and  Five Italian students share their opinion on success. The language we chose was English. Check the extra bonus at the end

success

By Chris F.

According to wikipedia:

“Success might mean, but is not limited to:

* a level of social status
* achievement of an objective/goal
* the opposite of failure”

Personally, I love the last definition, and I think that Italians might agree with it the most. Success is the opposite of failure. So as long as a person doesn’t view themselves as a failure, then they have succeeded. Italians don’t seem to place a lot of importance on social status (having the most friends, or being a part of a super elite group), but Americans definitely do. They always want to get into the really exclusive clubs, and show everyone that they are the most popular.

Italians also don’t seem to need to achieve a particular goal. They may focus more on the path rather than the ultimate goal. Even when they are walking the streets, they don’t seem to focus on where they are going, but rather on how they are getting there (enjoying their walk and their surroundings).

Personally, I define success as being happy where I am. As long as I am continually growing, learning and moving forward, then I feel happy and successful. Va Bene!

 

By Jacopo

In my opinion, success means to be proud of ourselves. There are a lot of people that comparate the word “success” with “to be rich”: earn much money is important too and it can make our life easier, but it’s not all. Everyone can be a successful person even being not very rich. For example, a man who has a beautiful family, a good job and good friends could have found the success, while a billionaire but lonely man is still looking for it. So I’m sure that everyone of us can reach the success, but the first condition to do it is to trust in ourselves.

By: Heidy

For me as an American, success is being able to pursue my dreams or goals. I think of myself as successful, because there are not many things that I have wanted to do that I haven’t been able to do. I can’t think of any future goals of mine that wouldn’t be possible for me to pursue in my current situation, both in terms of gender, socioeconomic status, etc. For me success is associated with freedom. I also feel successful in that there are people who love and care for me in my life. I have loved ones and friends that I am able to turn to in my times of need. Relationships are the other part of success to me.

By AD

Success for me is being happy. When you find, in your road,that all what you wanted went well you will be grateful to yourself or to others. It might be elementary as conception but trying to improve yourself to reach the goal happiness is really hard. It is not needful to pleased every single moment because then the objective would lost its sense. But still you should improve yourself despite what other people may think.

By Emeline

Success in America, generally, is measured in terms of money and status. There are so many people though who define success differently, and America consists of so many cultures that it is hard to generalize. For me, success means enjoying what you do, having a purpose in life, having family and friends, and having accomplished or at least pursued one of your dreams.

By Giulia:

In my opinion success is that moment of your life where you’ve reached the top in everything ( like work, school, sport ect. ect.)
But success is the result of a hard work and faith. Success could even be interpreted as an realization of a big dream …. For example one of my big dreams is to be a singer and if it realizes it’ll be a big success for me . 🙂

By Jerald

I think the word success means differently in every single individual. I think American society define success in terms of money and status. Americans are very career oriented and are very driven to achieve everything possible. Money is also connected to success. Some people think the more money you have, the more successful you are. Reality check, money is the driving force for mostly material things like having a new house, a new car etc. For me, success is more than just money and status. Having a good health, attaining happiness, and finishing college are things I value to consider myself successful. Money is necessary to achieve happiness; however, this is not always guaranteed. Sometimes people are so busy with their career that they failed to live their life. They may have all the money but some of them end up living alone. They do not have the time to start a family of their own. This may not be as important to American culture; however, Italian and Filipino cultures are very family-oriented and starting a family is essential. It could be viewed as “failure” not to have a family of your own.

 By Andrea

Success is everybody’s dream. But what is the key to success? How can you be successful?Success means different things to different people. For some, monetary reward is a measure of success. Yet others have multiple definition of success.We should measure success based on how much we give rather than how much we receive. Fortunately, it also works nicely the other way around since those who give more almost always will also receive.

By Kristin

What is the key to success? Many think of America as the “Land of Opportunity,” thus obtaining a good education, being successful in one’s chosen career, having great health, and a happy and perhaps an intact family may be some of the reasons. Asides from all of these factors, I believe we won’t be successful without theper me successo significa sentirsi realizzati; fissare un obiettivo e raggiungerlo. Per ogni persona il successo è diverso. C’è chi aspira ad avere una carriera brillante, chi aspira ai soldi o chi semplicemente è interessato al benessere della famiglia. Per raggiungerlo ci vuole molta buona volontà e sacrificio. Non occorre cambiare paese per aver successo ma impegnarsi costantemente con tutte le nostre capacità. that we overcame in the process. Throughout my brief stay here in Italy, I realized that living each day to the fullest and accomplishing little tasks are signs of success. It’s also the people I share such experiences with that make every moment a memorable one!

By Danilo

In my opinion the success is when i will find a good job, will have a family and live a normal life

 

Extra Bonus in Italian language:

By Dojana

Per me successo significa sentirsi realizzati; fissare un obiettivo e raggiungerlo. Per ogni persona il successo è diverso. C’è chi aspira ad avere una carriera brillante, chi aspira ai soldi o chi semplicemente è interessato al benessere della famiglia. Per raggiungerlo ci vuole molta buona volontà e sacrificio. Non occorre cambiare paese per aver successo ma impegnarsi costantemente con tutte le nostre capacità.

 

 

 

 

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