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A University In Virginia Is Trying to Get Merriam-Webster to Change Its Definition of “Success”

26 AUG 2015
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Strayer University, an institution located in Herndon, Virginia, has found that Merriam-Webster’s definition of the word “success” might actually be incorrect according to today’s standards. In fact, the university is actually attempting to officially revise Merriam-Webster’s definition of the word through an initiative called Readdress Success.

A quick search could tell you that Merriam-Webster defines success as “the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame.” However, a 2014 survey—which was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Strayer University—showed that the majority of more than 2000 Americans who participated (ages 18 and up) actually believed success to be more about happiness.

While 67 per cent of the participants said they believe success to be about achieving personal goals, 66 per cent associated success with having “good relationships with friends and family.” Additionally, another 60 per cent of those surveyed stated that success refers to “loving what you do for a living.”

Among the Americans who were surveyed, only one in five participants associated success with achieving wealth.

How do you define success?


Source: Business Insider