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I think because its society’s way of gauging how well someone is doing, how accomplished they are and how well comparatively they are doing to others. But society doesn’t know you or your struggles, or goals. Someone may compare themselves to you, not knowing how much you have overcome to get where you are. For instance, there’s an analogy where someone looks at the size of a giant iceberg and thinks “wow they’re so successful” what they don’t see is everything that’s under the water. The struggles, the cost, the obstacles, the pain…
We like to compare and we like to make ourselves feel better about where we are in life. And I think that’s why we “think” success matters so much. What’s most important is yourself and doing what makes you happy and what you need to have a good life.