A few days ago, I had a conversation with my student about success.
Though the following dialogue is not completely the same with what I were talking at that moment, it has the similar message. :)
We were learning language, Indonesian.
Me: You got a score of 6 out of 10, four mistakes. Let's analyze your mistakes.
Stu: I thought it was easy since this is Indonesian, our language.
Me: Yeah, I will tell you that the key of mastering Indonesian or any language is reading more and more. You can read newspaper, interesting novels, and other good books. That will enrich your vocabulary.
Stu: You're right, Sis. In fact, we don't know the meaning of some words in our language.
(To be honest, none of my students call me teacher or madam, lol, they call me Sis, ^^)
Me: It's true. But don't worry. We can do our best by being patient in learning process.
Suddenly, he came up with other topic. Being stressed after answering the questions with a not so good result, he said...
Stu: But Sis, people now don't need to work hard and they can be successful in their life.
Me: How can you conclude so?
Stu: I see people just play Tik Tok and they can be successful.
(I almost die of laughter...)
Me: Wait....wait...... errmmm...
Stu: People also make videos on YouTube and they reach success.
(Tell me how I should answer this? lol)
Stu: How is it, Sis?
Me: First, you should define what success is. If you mean attaining fame or wealth, than you can do that. But....... Is it your goal? There is nothing wrong with that, but, success is when you reach your goal, when you accomplish your purpose.
Stu: But they can be rich.
Me: Well, yes dear. Success is not only about being rich. Most people will look at one's wealth, it's true. However, are you sure that they are happy and find what they want? We mostly look at the appearance of people on their success. Try to think more deeply about reaching the goal. If a man has reached his goal, then it would be a great happiness and success for him, even if it was not to be rich.
Stu: But, we need money.
Me: So true. Most important is we should do our best in life. Even if you become a YouTuber, the best way is you have knowledge. In my point of view, success is when you can be useful for others, whether it is your family, your friends, or even foreigners. If you reach that, then I believe that success will chase after you. ^^
Then,....I forgot how I analyzed his mistakes, lol
*Stu: Student :D
This is how I simply describe success. I would like to know your views.
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