THE HIDDEN MYSTERY IN SUCCESS
Many wish to attain prestige and fame, a life of evident success. Success is desired by all. We preach and teach the rewards of a successful life and how we as individuals should strive our hardest to achieve the benefits of success. Of a truth, success brings confidence, a sense of security and meaning to the lives of those that lay hold on her. However, I have noticed that “success” (in its popular sense) does not always turn out so wonderful for everyone.
Why? Because success, as desirable as it is, has a twist to it. I wonder if you have ever come across the phrase “good success”. This phrase had always baffled me. As in! Why good success? Why should success need an adjective? Isn’t success but already good or rather ‘the good’ in life? Well, as time passed by and my knowledge and experience increased, I realised that success doesn’t always deal so desirably with everyone that lay hold on her.
I have heard of men who went overboard after having a taste of success. Let’s consider the popular story of the “Famous and powerful of 1923”. In the year 1923, a meeting was held in Edgewater beach hotel in Chicago. This meeting was comprising of America’s best financiers. I mean, this men had more money than the US treasury. Just look at who they were:
- Arthur Cutten – The greatest wheat speculator.
- Albert Fall – The Secretary of Interior in President Harding’s cabinet.
- Leon Fraser – The President of the Bank of International Settlements.
- Howard Hopson – The President of the largest gas company.
- Ivar Kreuger – Head of the world’s greatest monopoly.
- Jesse Livermore – The greatest bear in Wall Street.
- Charles Schwan – The President of the largest independent steel company.
- Richard Whitney – The President of the New York Stock Exchange.
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But 27 years later in 1948, this was what happened to them:
- Arthur Cutten died abroad insolvent.
- The penniless Albert Fall was pardoned from prison so that he could die at home.
- Leon Fraser commited suicide.
- Howard Hopson was insane.
- Ivar Kreuger commited suicide.
- Jesse Livermore commited suicide.
- Charles Schwan was bankrupt & had to live on borrowed money the last 5 years of his life before his death.
- Richard Whitney was recently released from Sing Sing Prison.
A mystery isn’t it? Well, these men were not the only so-called successful people that met worse days after attaining such great heights. Let’s consider our very own sports man – Myke Tyson. Arguably one of the world’s most successful boxer of all time. This guy was estimated to be worth over $300million. However, over the course of time he gave in to reckless living after being tagged so successful. About his late thirties, Mike Tyson became another example of a success story gone wrong. Debts upon debts and disgrace upon disgrace befell this great man.
Lastly, Howard Hughes of 1905 is another success disaster. Here was a man so handsomely charmed with success and good looks. I mean, this guy was every woman’s dream. When we talk of an all rounder he had it all! But in his later days he was transformed into a hilarious looking caveman. So successful but met an unfortunate end.
I could go on and on but here are the words of Donald Trump, “But drugs, I believe are only a symptom of the problems that came with great success. From what I have seen, it’s fame itself that bends people out of shape, in fact, the more celebrities I meet, the more I realize that fame is a kind of drug, one that is way too powerful for most people to handle.”
I have noticed the more successful people become the more highly they think of themselves. They become weighty. They say pride comes before a fall. Life you see, is like water. To remain on top we must be weightless (as humble as possible). At first, dust particles could be found at the surface of the water but after time has had its place the weighty particles settle at the bottom. Only the extremely light particles remain at the surface.
No matter how successful we become, we should not make the mistake of letting it get into our heads. We see that success is not always pitch perfect as it is popularly perceived to be. There is a twist to it if not properly handled. Success too could be dangerous! So prepare for success, don’t just wish and jump into it. This is a mystery. This is the hidden mystery in success.