I have never been so confused of the word “success” – I mean obviously I understand that The Brazilian football team had “success” at the recently concluded Federation Cup. And I see how easy it is for us to go ahead and tell the younger generation to follow their methods of bringing “success,” with complete disregard of the Spaniards whose methods in reality brought them bigger “success” as the World Champions. Effectively and quite efficiently we are getting into a lethargic culture of applying the word “success” to celebrate achievements based on predetermined targets, without which the word does not make any sense. A young aspiring football player in the subcontinent or a country with less notable results is more likely to wear either a Brazilian or a Spaniard jersey. He is even more likely to forget the run the Dutch or even the young Germans had in that World Cup, where either team could have easily taken the big title.
Without getting too carried away with football (usually a topic of more sentiments and less logic), my point is, why is it that we are always thinking about success in everything we do. Why are we allowed to so easily conclude that University A is more successful because their graduates receive higher average starting salary than graduates from University B? Our children going to school are placed into a measurement system even before they have any idea of who they are. And we are so actively making rules and standards to complement this system – rules and standards that prematurely diminish any possibility of inconceivable achievements. Essentially, we continue to pursue a system that prevents individuals like Einstein to exist. We easily rule out individuals as failures because they just quite simply “don’t fit in.” While we are in awe of those who succeed based on situation based ideologies that seemed right some ‘1 Earth orbit’ ago, or in other word 365 odd times of a complete Earth spin, during which a million variables would have changed. And being inert to these variables, we are prematurely determining who makes it and who doesn’t.