TED Talk of the Month: A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success

“What do you do?” Since you don’t have a traditional career, your answer and reaction likely depend on who is asking. You want to make sure the person not only understands what you do but doesn’t brush it off as as a unworthy career choice. Job snobbery. It’s just a part of life. Well, you’re responsible for your life and you (and we) know you will be successful in your pursuits. You define your success so don’t ever give up on the idea of it, just make sure it is your own.

However, even with our perceptions of success, we fear failure. Writer, Alain de Botton states that we fear failure not  because of the potential the loss of income & status, but because we fear the potential judgement & ridicule of others. Aren’t you more likely to take a  risk and pursue that non-traditional career when you don’t have a parent, teacher or friend telling you it’s a bad idea? Be the author of your own ambition. But just know, you can’t be successful at everything. Any vision of success has to admit what it’s losing out on. If you can admit that, we can’t wait to see what you accomplish. Watch the video above for a more inspiration and Alain’s in-depth analysis of success and failure.