When Will You Be Successful?

This short snappy 2 minutes and 40 seconds video is about the road to success as portrayed by popular consensus structures which aren’t so necessarily true.

Imagine that success is what you make it and it is up to you to decide when you get there… outside of that it can also be a pie in the sky ideal that is never attainable leading only to continuous disappointment.

Which do you personally choose on a daily basis as your measure to success?

This is a short edit from a lecture by Alan Watts on success titled Life and Music.

It is an animated piece that highlights how our perception of our own success affects our perception of our immediate experience.



Here is the transcript to read along if you like too :

Alan Watts – “Life and Music”

In music, though, one doesn’t make the end of the composition the point of the composition.

If that were so, the best conductors would be those who played fastest; and there would be composers who only wrote finales.

People go to concerts only to hear one crashing chord – because that’s the end…

Now, but we don’t see that as something brought by our education into our everyday conduct.

We’ve got a system of schooling which gives a completely different impression.

It’s all graded—and what we do is we put the child into the corridor of this grade system, with a kind of “c’mon kitty kitty kitty…”.

And yeah, you go to kindergarten, and that’s a great thing, because when you finish that, you’ll get into first grade.

And then c’mon, first grade leads to second grade, and so on…

And then you get out of grade school you go to high school—and it’s revving up, the thing is coming…

Then you’re going to go to college, and by jove then you get into graduate school, and when you’re through with graduate school, you’ll go out to join the world.

And then you get into some racket where you’re selling insurance. And they’ve got that quota to make. And you’re going to make that.

And all the time, this thing is coming, it’s coming, it’s coming—that great thing, the success you’re working for.

Then when you wake up one day about forty years old, you say “My God! I’ve arrived! I’m there!”

And you don’t feel very different from what you always felt.

And there’s a slight letdown, because you feel there’s a hoax.

And there was a hoax.

A dreadful hoax….

We thought of life by analogy was a journey, was a pilgrimage, which had a serious purpose at the end.

And the thing was to get to that end.

Success, or whatever it is, or maybe heaven after you’re dead.

But we missed the point the whole way along.

It was a musical thing, and you were supposed to sing, or to dance, while the music was being played.


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In Gratitude


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