We all want people to remember our name. Lots of people say “I want to leave my mark on this world.” Ever heard the quote “the marks we leave are too often scars”? Those are the people it’s directed to. (Okay, I just looked up that quote and apparently it's from The Fault in our Stars by John Green, but I swear I've known this quote since I was like, five. I'm super confused now. Hasn't this always just been a quote? Anyway...)
Jenna and Julien talked about how people can lose their morals in trying to accomplish more, be bigger, go further, and forget simple rules like “do no harm.” It’s fine to want success, but be a human first.
Here's a link to the podcast: Podcast #169 - Logan Paul. Sure, it's about the whole Logan Paul thing, but what Jenna wants to tell him is just important for life in general.
It's deeply ingrained in us that success and happiness are tied together, and once you're successful, you'll be happy. When really, that should be flipped. You're succeeding at life in general once you've figured out how to be happy. It's easy for someone to focus 100% of themselves on working to be successful, they ignore other important aspects of life. We all need balance in our lives.
I’ve always thought you shouldn't destroy yourself in the pursuit of success, but I meant “don’t destroy your health.” Maybe you accomplish a ton, receive lots of awards, and get rich. But does that really matter if your sick and/or miserable? I never really thought about the moral side of it until hearing what Jenna had to say. She's right. There's more than one way to destroy yourself. You can work yourself to death, or sell your soul, and neither are worth it for "success."
I’ve never understood people who will sacrifice everything for work. And I don’t mean give up sleep. I mean relationships, friends, family, and the joy of life in general. What are you really working for? What’s your life all about if you’re only focused on “success”?
I think everyone at one point or another has said they want to be a millionaire, whether they really gave it a great deal of thought or not. And there's nothing wrong with that. But I think we should consider what we're getting out of our money. What are you spending your money on, and what do you get out of those purchases/experiences? Do they give you comfort? Fun? Status? Are you learning? Are you making memories? If your main goal is money, you can consider these questions to find out what you're really after to be happy. Money is just a means to an end, after all.
Of course we all want the satisfaction of accomplishment, and of course we all want enough money to be stable and comfortable. I mean, look at me. I want to be a famous author, and I’m not going to deny that. There’s nothing wrong with the drive for success. It’s deeply engrained in our culture. We just have to think about what we really want in the end, remember to have balance in our lives, and never let our drive for success overrun our humanity. We should make sure that if we leave any mark on this world, it will be a positive one.