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Unformatted text preview: Matthew O’Donnell English 112 February 7, 2008 Ms. Valerie Gramling Common Misconceptions Today, in our present society, we are shown and taught that the way to be happy is to be rich. Once someone is successful, they are thought to be happy. This is not the case for me anymore. Albert Schweitzer was once quoted saying, “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” This quote has much meaning to me. This quote reminds me of the fairy tale Disney movies that our generation used to watch as we were kids, where the moral was not that money can buy happiness. It is one of the values that I have recently reintroduced into my life. I am no longer chasing where “the money is” to t ry and better my career, I am going to explore all my possibilities and find a job in an area I enjoy. The quote can be broken down into different parts. The first part of the quote is just to eliminate this common misconception that the only way to be happy is to be successful. The second part of the quote is basically rearranging society’s original thoughts by switching happiness and success, which therefore tells us that in order to be successful people, we have to enjoy life. The third part is the explanation, the reason one will be successful is because one is happy with their life, and if they are happy they can find a way to be successful. This quote has affected me twice in my life when faced with important decisions. When applying to college I was constantly under pressure to go to the infamous SOM in UMASS. I had always done well in math and economics, so my family wanted me to be successful through business. The second example in my life, where this quote was important, was when I was working a job in Boston and I hated it. I t was a lot of work, but I made a very large sum of money. My responses to both of these dilemmas, which I found myself in, were because of this quote. The quote made me think life is too short to spend it t rying to make the most money in the world. I t made me realize that I would love life more if I spent it enjoying it when I’m younger and able to. if I spent it enjoying it when I’m younger and able to....
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