Why satisfaction is greater than success
The pursuit of happiness in a mad rush is called success.
When we pursue success, we are pursuing one of the sides of the same coin names satisfaction. However, the rush to be successful comes with a cost, and success cares no cost while both are driven by our pursuit of happiness.
Success is milestoning: While satisfaction allows us to remain content without the need to pursue another milestone, success is not everlasting. Hence it forces us to reignite ourselves to put in all we have and, within all lies our inefficiencies and troubles, our impossibilities and pains. That success as a record is beaten soon enough by another contender, we push for the next milestone, creating challenges for others as a hidden barrier to pursue. Satisfaction needs none of it. It is self-contained and nourishes itself.
Success comes at a cost: Every success has many parents; it makes a slave out of us to grind and gnaw, to kill and be overwhelmed. A new product or service requires working breaking hours, pushing limits and creating new Gods to satisfy that it is to be credited for our inner desires to manifest. Satisfaction on the other hand is atheist; it requires no God to be pursued, no prayers to be read and requires little cost to the self and resources around.
Satisfaction lasts longer: Once we have achieved satisfaction, we can bask in its memories for ever! Satisfaction requires one to be satisfied, and not chase fancy flowers and wings. Satisfaction provides us with ease of life and a turmoil-free existence where there is peace within our own selves first. It destroys less, it lasts longer.
Success ignites, satisfaction calms: The need to be calmer is more visible as all around us seems ignited with varying levels of pursuit for what we consider holy; ideologies, philosophies and meanings. This mad pursuit to be successful makes us burn the metaphorical midnight candle to crack and curse ourselves till success is achieved. A satisfied man is a satisfied soul; no hunger to burn out themselves, no burning candles and destroying the calmness of nature nor the peace within.
The brain loves satisfaction: The human brain is tuned to pursue satisfaction, not success. This is why it loves laziness, not brutal scheming for new pursuits. The brain wants us to survive longer, as it’s own survival is at stake should we end up doing something foolish. The brain is more excited with entertainment, joy, fun and games. It rejects and pushes us away from pursuing tougher rigor as it fears destruction and our survival. It knows we were created to pursue happiness, not craziness.
Success is popular, satisfaction is inert: Unlike inert gases which do not react, success likes to react with externalities as it seeks popularity. When success is internalised, it turns into satisfaction. Everyone reaches this at some point in their lives, but the earlier, the better. It is thus important to love and respect our limitations, rather than push into a mad rush for reaching the twilight and exhausting at the end. For, at the end, all of these pursuits never pursue us back as they are external to us.
The average world pursues satisfaction : In a population of more than 7 billion, not more than a billion is crazy about success. The farmer whistling away till the fields, the kids playing as if there is no tomorrow and the mothers caring for their families are satisfied with what they are, while a select group of urbanised humans are growing crazy over their achievements and seeking validation and claiming themselves to be the best.
Success is a claim: Flowing from the previous point, however good we are, we need likes and rehashes to let the world know how brilliant we are! Being satisfied do not need a large coterie of influencers and madness, it needs only the self to be convinced. We are however convinced that convincing our own selves that we have done a good job isn’t enough and hence seek validation, which is another milestone to succeed to claim success.
Success destructs, satisfaction preserves: We are aware how we have consumed the earth’s resources in the last century of our existence, and which took millions of years to create. Success destroys everything that stands in its path; nature or relationships. The human race is constantly challenging nature to prove itself stronger than the human race, and this will lead to our extinction in the next few centuries. The self decays within 70–80 years, and some die younger trying to prove something which no one remembers the next day! This as a reality must change is we must survive as a race.
Satisfaction is the purpose: The purpose is to be satisfied while our paths could be different. Now, if I ask anyone to look back and try to recall how many social successes they can remember, they will find only a few worthwhile. It is hence urgent that we stop decaying ourselves and our planet as it is not easy to replenish what we have destroyed for pursuing satisfaction. Satisfaction as a purpose can ensure human civilisation survives lasts longer and in harmony with every other being around us as a planetary family.
We must always begin with the question; am I intending to pursue satisfaction or success? If the answer is to be satisfied even when you are successful, you are truly pursuing Aristotle’s concept of eudaemonia.