Friday, July 31, 2009

A Kinder Gentler Vision of Success

Alain de Botton, writer, presenter and co-founder of the School of Life, offers both a funny and thought provoking talk entitled, "A Kinder Gentler Vision of Success" on TED Talks.

A few observations made by de Botton:

“Pick up any newspaper or magazine, open the TV, and you'll be bombarded with suggestions of how to have a successful life. Some of these suggestions are deeply unhelpful to our own projects and priorities - and we should take care.”

“We may seek a fortune for no greater reason than to secure the respect and attention of people who would otherwise look straight through us.”

You can listen to a brief (2 minutes and 35 seconds) comment on happiness, ambition and wealth

You can also watch an excellent six part documentary entitled, "A Guide to Happiness" presented by de Botton here.

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