To Succeed, or Not to Succeed; That is The Question!
The history of humanity is the widest stage for mans endeavor to succeed.
History has presented man with two alternatives: join the success game or stay out.
There are three possible results for those who join: win, lose, or draw.
History has chosen to ignore those who stay out of the game. The non-participants may have led happier lives; yet the fact remains that historians have not been interested in those who are happy.
History books reflect the past with battles and major upheavals. There must have been people who led moderately happy lives. History prefers to speak to us of tumult, not tranquility.
To date, the history of happiness, remains untold, while the history of humanity is replete with intriguing anecdotes about mans accomplishments.
—To succeed, or not to succeed; that is the question!
Amasis of Siuph in Sais was, at first, an ordinary man. He was not very highly esteemed by the Egyptians. After a difficult struggle, he managed to capture the Egyptian throne. Suddenly, the people appreciated him!
Noting how his standing in society had suddenly changed after his success, Amasis found an interesting way not to forget this.
The Greek historian Herodotus narrates in his book entitled History:
Amasis had a golden basin in his treasury. It was used for washing his feet. He had the basin melted down to make a statue of a god, which he then placed in the city center. He told everyone what the statue was made from. It had once been a basin in which men had vomited, or washed their feet, now it was a statue that men worshiped. He likened himself to this basin. Once an ordinary man, now a king everyone served.
Had Shakespeare heard of this, he would have penned, To succeed, or not to succeed; that is the question!
The sad reality is that we often measure our value according to the magnitude of our success.
It is our success that defines not only our social standing, but also our identity. We are delineated on the basis of our achievements. Our victories make our name. Failure condemns us to a life of anonymity.
Source: Unlimit Yourself by Mumin Sekman
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