Success Ratio

Has it ever occurred to you that all the advice “successful” people give to those willing to read it is fundamentally flawed?  They are simply words of encouragement and instruction trapped in a microcosm that only served one individual at one specific moment.  In essence, it’s no different than taking advice from a Rabbi today to stay out of Germany via circa 1940.  

Certainly, there are nuggets of good advice in general… you want to be a successful thespian?  You should live in a large city… preferably in California.  

But generally speaking those giving advice have only one working theory and within all of existence they were the only working model to use as an example.  

I sometimes wonder if humanity would be in better shape if we all took a little more advice from those who have not “succeeded” in life (that oddly reminds me of Charles Bukowski).  I’ve always appreciated the speech given by Mike Rowe as he stated that all the good advice he was given was really the worst advice he had ever received.  

But then…  Mike is doing pretty good isn’t he.

From my perspective it’s fairly easy to be a class warrior.  It’s Applied Science in Sociology, those born of poverty tend to remain in poverty while those born of benefit tend to remain in benefit.  

But that can be a Slippery Slope– or just plain whining…  Can’t help it, my perspective is the only one I’ve ever experienced.


2 thoughts on “Success Ratio

  1. Absolutely! Recognizing an individual’s success and putting them up on a pedestal is one thing. Having a conversation about the specific opportunities they were given and the systemic issues preventing others from knowing about, being able to pursue, or even being able to afford those same opportunities is a whole other conversation. It’s not to say “successful” people don’t work hard and deserve it. It’s just unfair to assume that their race, gender, wealth, community supports, personal connections, ability to attain credit and/or build wealth, etc., did not have a huge impact on their ability to work hard and pursue the opportunities they were given.

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