Money and Success, Who Wins Essay

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Money and Success, Who Wins

Great Expectations is the story of a young boy. He is quite poor, but as the tale moves
on, he falls in love with a rich and spoiled girl. Despite her cruel ways, he devotes the
rest of his life to winning her over. He aspires to become a gentleman with the aid of
bundles of money that he inherits and sees this as the only way out of the common life he
is leading. The boy connects success and happiness solely with money and possessions.
Unfortunately, the association leads to the downfall of his character. This is the path
taken by too many individuals in today's society. Although they make a correlation between
money and success, this connection is substantially unjustified. It results in the
disillusions of children and adults alike, who see proof of their assumptions in the media
and real life.

One of the causes for people thinking this way is found in everyday life. Maybe someone
notices a family down the street with an awfully large house and abundant room for
anything they desire. They also happen to hold quite prominent executive positions at a
large corporation. Since they appear to be wealthy and have many possessions, the obvious
conclusion to draw from this is that they are successful because of those qualities.
Without any other thoughts involved, an opinion is formed that if they had all that money
and other "things," they too would become just as successful.

This view is, in fact, unjustified and backward. The judgments they have passed in that
short amount of time are based purely on assumptions and shallow observations from the
outside. They have no idea that incredible talent might be present within the minds of the
people down the street. Their success has not just sprung up from their wealth and riches.
They have, perhaps, earned every bit of their beautiful house, cars, and other possessions
that are so desired among observers.

A definition of success should be established before going on. Success is defined as the
achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted. If someone only desires material
possessions, then, if achieved, they have reached success. This kind of success alone will
not produce happiness in the lives of these people. The majority of individuals in our
world aim for success through happiness, health, and prosperity. Aspirations to a
money-related success are not likely to produce these valued possessions. Only in the
world of television, advertisements, and movies, is that kind of life possible. The media
is a prominent cause of people believing that money is the key to success. Fairy tale-type
stories often present people as suddenly becoming happy and successful as the result of
coming into a lot of money, perhaps by luck. One example of this is in advertisements.
Their main catch is to show people who are using, or have used, their products. The aim is
to make the consumer believe that if you use whatever it is that they are trying to sell,
then you will be successful. Here, success is coupled with possessions. In movie or
television life, these two separate items are often dependent on each other; a package
deal of sorts.

In television, the idea of game shows sometimes plays very heavily on the greed of the
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