Why do some people succeed and others don’t? Is success hard wired into the brain, or does this tendency arise via the events and experiences of our lives? Or is success a combination of both?
I was first introduced to the subject of success and survival of the fittest in a sociology class, where my lecturer had drawn two boxes on the black board, the first box was labeled person A and the second box was labeled person B. She showed person A as being a person who after failing a task had giving up ever trying again, and gave up on their life. While person B, had been through so many life challenges, and no matter how many challenges person B experienced he or she would get right back up and just keep on going. It was after this lecture I would continuously ask the question: why and what is it that makes one survive and succeed no matter what the circumstance, while others give up at the first sight of any major challenge or difficulty? Many have referred to this mentality as “Survival of the Fittest.”
In studying the origin and meaning of the popular phase: “survival of the fittest” we can start to gain an understanding of the concept and how it relates to our own success in life. Many believe the phase was attributed by Charles Darwin, who discussed survival of the fittest as a primary struggle for food to support growth. Which we know is vital to our survival, but we know many people who sit in front of the television all day stuffing their mouths with potato chips. Therefore, having an abundance of food, shelter and material goods does not determine our success in life, otherwise everyone that sat in front of the television eating potato chips would be successful and that is not the case.
What makes more sense is the actual definition from the true innovator of the phase: Herbert Spencer.
In Spencer’s view one’s survival and success in life is in their characteristics and habits of life, those who adapt poorly to changes in circumstances, events or experiences will disappear or in other words fail. Those that change their characteristics and habits so as to adapt and survive through the changes in circumstances, events and experiences will progress rather than fail. In writing and reading numerous success stories there is another factor I would have to add to the equation of survival of the fittest and success, and that is one’s ability to connect with others. As just about every success story occurred as a result of a connection: Apple, Google, Oprah, Starbucks, Cisco, Adobe and the list goes on and on.
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