304. Arianna Huffington’s Smith College Commencement Speech On ‘Redefining Success: The Third Metric’

Success has largely been determined by money and power, Huffington argued, but we need a third metric. That should include be one based on “well-being, wisdom, our ability to wonder, and to give back,” she said.In her speech at Smith in Northampton, Mass., Huffington told graduates not to settle just for breaking through glass ceilings, but to change the system by “going to the root of what’s wrong.””Don’t buy society’s definition of success,” she said. “Because it’s not working for anyone. It’s not working for women, it’s not working for men, it’s not working for polar bears, it’s not working for the cicadas that are apparently about to emerge and swarm us. It’s only truly working for those who make pharmaceuticals for stress, diabetes, heart disease, sleeplessness and high blood pressure.”

via Arianna Huffington’s Smith College Commencement Speech On ‘Redefining Success: The Third Metric’.

I read that commencement speech from the founder of The Huffington Post with interest. And what do I think? Yes, she is right that we need another metric to determine success but it should be the primary & most important metric.

Everyone knows the importance of wisdom, well-being and the need to give it back. But who trains you on this? How many young people seriously wants to spend time in today’s chaotic world to wonder and ponder on changing the world for better? When people graduate out of college, they are carrying huge debts, entrepreneurial ideas to execute to gain fame, carry their parent’s hope & aspirations, a possible $500k future mortgage and the overall need to be financially successful by the time they turn 50. Everyone wants to be rich, bold, beautiful and famous.

It’s said in the scriptures that natural leaders of our society (teachers, parents & administrator heads) should take it as their responsibility to help their students & children understand how to manage the miseries of material nature and remove them from a constant state of fear. From a very early age, young individuals should be given proper training so that they develop as a person with very good character with a genuine concern for all others. If our schools and colleges are only concerned with generating better accountants, biologists and engineers, what will be the state of our world?

We have successfully guided missiles but misguided human civilization.

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