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Is it socially unacceptable or frowned upon to be successful these days?

  1. Matthew RN profile image79
    Matthew RNposted 2 years ago

    Is it socially unacceptable or frowned upon to be successful these days?

    I hear talk  about wealth redistribution and the evils of the 1%, so I ask, is it wrong to be successful these days?  Do we need to be mediocre so as to not irritate others?

  2. gmwilliams profile image86
    gmwilliamsposted 2 years ago


    There are SOME people who strongly contend, even vehemently argue that it is "EGREGIOUS" for people to be highly socioeconomically successful while there are those who are sociologically struggling.They assert that there should be more of an equity of income so that there won't be extremes in socioeconomic class.They believe that EVERYONE should be humanely comfortable without socioeconomic excess or deprivation.

    These same people are of the school that the wealthy & successful are such because of "devious", "immoral" or "dishonest" methodology.  They even maintain that such people "exploit" or "use" others  to become highly socioeconomically successful.They aver that history has proven such.These people come from varied backgrounds from the extreme left to the extremely religious.They argue that there is something demoniac about obtaining wealth while others are struggling, not failing to take into consideration that the wealthy are the way they are because of intelligent thinking, planning, strategizing, & the ability to think of future goals.They further refuse to admit that the poor are the one they are because of unintelligent, even destructive thinking & life choices in addition of believing in immediate gratification w/o any thought for the future.The wealthy & the poor have a DIFFERENT consciousness, mentality, mindset, outlook, philosophy & psychology. The wealth visualize while the poor just accept but I digress.

    This hatred of the wealthy, affluent, & more successful classes stems from an anti-achievement mentality which is based upon...ENVY.This hatred of achievers, wealthy, & other successful people is analogous to deriding honor & A students because they apply themselves diligently, oftentimes making sacrifices while others slack off.   People want people to be successful but not...TOO SUCCESSFUL for that upsets the societal &cultural applecart. American society is the culture of Mr. Joe &/or Ms. Josephina Average/Everyperson. Mr. Joe &/or Ms. Josephina Average/Everyperson is success but not threateningly so. H/she is successful but still approachable & nice. On the contrary, Mr. Montgomery &/or Adrianna Heathcliff are viewed as elitist, conceited, stuck up, & other associated pejoratives because they are highly successful.  They are viewed as unapproachable or worse.There ARE Americans who view highly successful people as pure threats & not like the "rest of us" whereas Joe/Josephina although successful are regular people like them.

    1. Kiss andTales profile image80
      Kiss andTalesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      The truth is Yes it fail , even the people who trusted in it to keep them Rich jumped from windows,  many in soup lines
      Many in the same boat as the so call poor.
      The point do not put trust in anything that can fail
      It can fall again.

  3. Kiss andTales profile image80
    Kiss andTalesposted 2 years ago

    The truth is the world is unbalanced, it is not good to be poor, nor is it good to be filthy rich,
    But to balanced is always a good thing , there is a quote that says I do not want to be poor, neither be rich.
    You can be happy being balanced, something to much of is not good. 
    The scales tip over.

    1. gmwilliams profile image86
      gmwilliamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      OH BOY! There is NOTHING WRONG w/being rich!

    2. Kiss andTales profile image80
      Kiss andTalesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe we can look at this way , what do people do with the money they are rich with, do you do good with it or do you do bad with it . You can not deny it is used as power, to the good or evil. Let's us not look at it one way.

  4. dashingscorpio profile image87
    dashingscorpioposted 2 years ago


    There will always be those who believe it's possible to be too rich or too successful. They say things like:
    "No one should ever have that much..."
    Can you imagine J. K. Rowling author of the Harry Potter books screaming: "Please stop buying my books! I'm too rich already!"
    The difference between a lot of successful people and those who aren't is successful people operate like a business. They try to compete against themselves and out preform their previous record.
    They measure their success by striving to do their best!
    A person with a poverty conscious thinks in terms of "good enough".
    They say things like: "If I won a million dollars I would quit working."
    I've known people who had to pay income taxes last year who will say idiotic things like: "I made (too much money) last year!"
    They're not millionaires either!
    They want to put a cap on their success. Tom Cruise makes $20M per movie. Warren Buffet averaged $37 Million (per day) last year. Bill Gates net worth is $79.2 Billion and  Mark Zuckerberg founder of Facebook at the ripe old age of 31 is worth 35.7 billion. You'll never hear them ask people to stop buying their products or services.
    They'll never say: "I made too much money last year."
    Anyone who hates the rich deep down wants to be one of them!
    You'll never be "happy" if you worry about what others think of your success. Attempting to surpass yourself increases your wealth.
    It's not about "enough" but rather doing the "best" you can do!
    At some point the money just becomes a way to keep score.

    1. gmwilliams profile image86
      gmwilliamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE!  LOVE this answer!

    2. Kiss andTales profile image80
      Kiss andTalesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      The problem dashing is being wealthy has its advantages , but reality is the negative also exist, do people really think that investment to be wealthy will succeed always , No ! The stock market tells the truth. It is up and down.
      Did it ever fail?

    3. dashingscorpio profile image87
      dashingscorpioposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Kiss andTales , You are correct that there are no "guarantees" in life. However if one saves more money then they spend they're likely to be in a position to take advantage of some types of investment; gold, real estate, index funds, a business

  5. profile image59
    Gillian Sposted 2 years ago

    Success has never been particularly frowned upon in society, it's an absolute joy when an individual is successful, especially when doing something they love. What IS the problem, however, is how one manages the fruits of their success. Money can certainly be evil, but it's only a close second to oxygen. We don't live in a world where we can really survive without some form of currency, so it's up to us to be responsible with our wealth because it can go towards accomplishing countless great things. Lowering yourself to being mediocre to appease someone else is only doing yourself a disservice, not anyone else.