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#1 Edited by Unilad (580 posts) -

Title basically?

Do you consider yourself a success? What is a success? How do you quantify success?

Would being awesome at a game be a success to you?

Would being rich be success to you?

Would having a family, good friends be success to you?

#2 Posted by Sterling (2713 posts) -

No. Because I don't have those hot new business cards.

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#3 Edited by BeachThunder (12446 posts) -

I'm successful at being a failure ;__;

#4 Posted by Zeik (2783 posts) -

I've succeeded at not dying thus far in life. I suppose that's a start.

#5 Posted by falserelic (5407 posts) -

I'm successful at being a failure ;__;

That's basically how I feel most of the time. I've pretty much disappointed my family. I think out of all my brothers (Even my deceased one). I'm the one that turned my life into the worst.

#6 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1482 posts) -

While things didnt turn out the way i would of liked i would say that im not a complete failure, between my siblings im the only one not on drugs, graduated hs (dropped out of college), and has some form of employment.

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#8 Posted by TheHBK (5563 posts) -

I have most of everything I want in my life and still have so much to live out, I feel I am. Only thing I am missing is that I wish I was the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

#9 Posted by tourgen (4542 posts) -

Someone mentioned to be just a few days ago that they thought I've been successful. Took me by surprise. I don't think people evaluate themselves all that objectively especially when they are comparing themselves to others. He couldn't know all my faults or all my failures, or how long I'd tried and had no success what so ever.

Also it's kind of a spectrum. many people don't interact with a very wide range of other people on that spectrum day-to-day. I remember meeting some candidates for one of the military academies. Hoooolly shit those people were in a different class as far as motivation, willpower, and ability compared to me and the people I generally spent time with.

Being awesome at games is certainly a success. Hey man, take the wins where you can get them.

#10 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Success in some areas, failure in others. Seems several of those areas lean closer to "failure" than I'm comfortable with.

#11 Posted by Clonedzero (4196 posts) -

Honestly? No, I'm a pretty sad failure, but perhaps ill be able to turn that around someday i hope.

#12 Edited by Aetheldod (3737 posts) -

No ;_; Im a lazy fucktard that just cant manage to get up and do what he wants for a living and just cowers in his room most of the time , occasionaly doing jobs he hates.

#13 Posted by onyxghost (319 posts) -

Not in jail...so, yeah.

#14 Edited by spraynardtatum (3737 posts) -

Not yet.

#15 Posted by Generic_username (636 posts) -

Nope. I'm the fuck-up older brother every family has.

#16 Edited by freakin9 (1171 posts) -

I had one point in my life where I made a lot of money, but wasn't doing anything more than dating girls I wasn't that into. Now I'm with a woman I love and making a lot less. I'd say I'm a lot happier now, though I do still enjoy some of the fruits of when I was making a lot of money(own a nice condo). And I am on the road to making some good money again. I'd say life is a journey where you are always trying to be better, and the amount of money you are making is a very subjective level of success. A lot of people make money and don't really enjoy life. I have a lot of goals I haven't achieved yet, though I am still happy with where I'm at. Though don't get me wrong, I can certainly name a good bunch of issues too.

#17 Posted by fisk0 (4522 posts) -

Nope. Family or monetary gains aren't what I strive for either, but I'd like to have at least released some music or a game before I die, and at this rate, that's not going all that well.

#18 Posted by EdgeKasey (144 posts) -

@freakin9 said:

I had one point in my life where I made a lot of money, but wasn't doing anything more than dating girls I wasn't that into. Now I'm with a woman I love and making a lot less. I'd say I'm a lot happier now, though I do still enjoy some of the fruits of when I was making a lot of money(own a nice condo). And I am on the road to making some good money again. I'd say life is a journey where you are always trying to be better, and the amount of money you are making is a very subjective level of success. A lot of people make money and don't really enjoy life. I have a lot of goals I haven't achieved yet, though I am still happy with where I'm at. Though don't get me wrong, I can certainly name a good bunch of issues too.

I'd say this sums me up pretty good. Money isn't really an issue for me, happily married and we don't want kids. We work hard at a family business and travel when we can. Hawaii in November for about 3 weeks.....is that success? I don't know, but I feel pretty good about it. :)

#19 Edited by SomeJerk (3401 posts) -

According to commoners and youngsters in my country I've had great success so far in my life. Their idea of that is being on TV for more than 15 minutes (months over a few years in my case with reruns), appearing regularly on national radio, in newspapers and magazines in several countries, inspiring people and making them think.

My actual success is that I defeated more than most of your peoples lifetimes of depression because that stuff usually ends one up in an early grave. May you find the light, if you're currently suffering.

#20 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (6012 posts) -

I'm still working on it.

#21 Posted by StarvingGamer (8560 posts) -

Yep, more than anything I wanted to raise a family and I was lucky enough to find a woman that would let me do just that. Two kids in and everything is roses.

#22 Posted by TooWalrus (13258 posts) -

Nope. I'm the fuck-up older brother every family has.

Not my family. I'm the oldest and- ...uh.

oh. Well, shit.

#23 Posted by Generic_username (636 posts) -

@generic_username said:

Nope. I'm the fuck-up older brother every family has.

Not my family. I'm the oldest and- ...uh.

oh. Well, shit.

Yeah, it's not fun realizing you fit a stereotype.

#24 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
#25 Posted by Hunter5024 (5982 posts) -

Let's just make a thread where everyone's a huge bummer. I mean fuck guys. YOU ARE A SUCCESS TO ME!!!

#26 Posted by Strife777 (1614 posts) -

So far, not really.

But I'm only 23, so I guess I should give myself some time.

Let's just make a thread where everyone's a huge bummer. I mean fuck guys. YOU ARE A SUCCESS TO ME!!!

Awwww shucks, thanks pal. You're a "success" too.

*wink wink*

#27 Posted by Jaytow (708 posts) -

Not really, I'm making some progress with work and had quite an active social life but I fucked all that up by moving to shitty Preston (where I don't know ANYBODY). Not quite sure why I thought I'd leave the great city of Liverpool (my grand home) to come to fucking Preston but meh.. I did it and it'll take me a year to fix my mistake. I guess life goes on.

#28 Posted by noizy (726 posts) -

"I'm kind of a big deal on my blog."

#29 Posted by pyromagnestir (4339 posts) -

#30 Posted by BabyChooChoo (4833 posts) -

College dropout. Haven't done shit with my life since.

So I'm gonna just say nope.

#31 Posted by SinGulaR (2394 posts) -

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: .....yes.

Don't you?

#32 Posted by RazielCuts (2987 posts) -
#33 Posted by Sjupp (1912 posts) -
#34 Edited by Jay_Ray (1134 posts) -

Sums me up, except I don't live with my parents, I'm not that big a looser.

#35 Edited by captain_clayman (3328 posts) -

Well I've only been out of high school for a year, I'm in community college and don't have a job or a girlfriend. So...not yet. Although community college is cheap as fuck so once I do get a job I'll be able to spend most of my money either saving up for stuff, or buying video games, or helping pay for stuff for my house (my mom wants new furniture and a new tv, I might as well contribute if I'm gonna live here for a while). So in a way, I've set myself up to be pretty happy for a few years.

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#36 Posted by MyNiceIceLife (635 posts) -

Dropped out of three different colleges, been single all my life, lived with my parents all my live...but then I graduated from a tech school at the end of 2012, got a full time job, moved out, got a 15% raise, and am now looking into buying a house within that short time. Small amounts of current success doesn't make up for mostly failure, but i'm at least on the good end of it at the moment.

#37 Edited by csl316 (9519 posts) -

Sure. I put my mind to stuff, and with hard work I can accomplish it. Games, work, guitar, whatever.

I'm not amazing but I'm as good as I can be. Most you can ask for, really.

#38 Edited by Kidavenger (3629 posts) -

My parents were high school dropout, self made millionaires with four kids by the time they were my age; all of my siblings are in 5+ year long-term relationships, buying houses, having kids.

I have a dog.

I'm happy, and doing better than the average person, I can't say that things have gone according to plan though.

#39 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12136 posts) -

You people are all depressing. My life has been some variation of on fire for the past two years (partially due to circumstances out of my control, partially due to stuff I was in total control of) and I still have the motivation to do better for myself.

In summation: Be happy.

#40 Posted by Fredchuckdave (6168 posts) -
#41 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

In summation: Be happy.

You say that as though I've control over my mood.

#42 Posted by ViciousBearMauling (1254 posts) -

I expected this thread to be depressing and pessimistic as hell.

Not surprised.

#43 Posted by benspyda (2051 posts) -

Depends if success is internal or external. I've both succeeded and failed in both categories as we all do. If I was judged by societies terms I'm probably a failure and internally I can't say I'm content with my daily life yet, so I guess... I'm STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS.

#44 Edited by OtakuGamer (1291 posts) -

As long as my basic needs are handled, I’m happy.

#45 Edited by Generic_username (636 posts) -

@arbitrarywater said:

You people are all depressing. My life has been some variation of on fire for the past two years (partially due to circumstances out of my control, partially due to stuff I was in total control of) and I still have the motivation to do better for myself.

In summation: Be happy.

It's not like I don't plan on trying to change things, but at the moment, to call myself a success would be a hysterical joke. There are certainly things I have done successfully in my life, but they don't really amount to anything at the moment. I have plans for the future, and still have hopes and dreams, but I'm also trying to get some personal issues resolved before I work on those. It's not that I don't think I'll ever be a success, but I'm not anywhere near one right now.

#46 Edited by Cyrus_Saren (540 posts) -

No, more of a failure. I've gotten my associate's degree in information technology but, since I did it online, I have no experience that everyone is looking for now in this day and age so I cannot get a job.

Not to mention that even if I did get a job, I don't even know if I could keep it considering I have such severe anxiety.

So, yeah, I would not consider myself a success.

#47 Posted by TheCreamFilling (1203 posts) -

I'd say so. I own many expensive and unnecessarily lavish things.

#48 Posted by Jayzilla (2573 posts) -

I base all my self worth and the worth of others based off of material assets, good looks and money. I am crazy good looking, trust funds magically manifest themselves in my jeans pockets before sending the the man servant out to do my laundry and my lady friends that I have sexual relations with are all hot. I am incredibly successful.

#49 Posted by cmblasko (1354 posts) -

I'm doing OK.

#50 Posted by Example1013 (4807 posts) -

lol.