Alain de Botton: A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy Of Success [Video]

Alain de Botton: A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy Of Success [Video]

A witty and eloquent TED talk about success and failure.

Emma Hutchings
  • 9 june 2011

This TED talk features Alain de Botton, a writer and philosopher of everyday life. He examines society’s ideas of success and failure in a funny and informative way, covering a variety of topics including snobbery, envy, career and meritocracy. Here are his conclusions about success:

So what I want to argue for, is not that we should give up on our ideas of success. But we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas. And make sure that we own them, that we are truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough, not getting what you want. But it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want, and find out at the end of a journey, that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.

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