In one's personal and professional life, it is important to avoid focusing on the achievements of others and to instead focus on yourself, and that is exactly what these keynotes on success emphasize. It is very easy to become distracted and down on yourself if you exclusively compare your success to that of others around you.
The concept "status anxiety" is introduced in Alain De Botton's speech on success. He spends a fair amount of time with new college and university graduates to help them find their career paths. He discuss status anxiety as a huge obstacle for people; self-confidence decreases when close friends or loved ones or land their dream job because it means they are falling behind. He believes people need to create their own goals and instead of focusing on other people's careers, to focus on their aspirations.
The success innovation keynote by Malcolm Gladwell suggests that success does not add up to the amount of money in your bank account, but to how passionate you are about your career and your life in general. Being successful means distinguishing what's important to you and focusing on it.
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