Our Obsession with Success

If you want people to read an article you write, or watch a video you post, just make sure that the title has the word, “Success” in it. (I know. I just did that. Did it work?)

Fortunately, I am not attracted by these headlines that really reel the readers in, (preferring, instead, articles with photos of celebrities without make-up), but Success Articles abound:

Shore Leave inspirational oil painting of rowboats on Columbia River by Steve Henderson

Prosperity preachers — secular and religious — promise us a yacht, which may cause us to overlook the rowboat that God has put at our disposal. Shore Leave, original oil painting by Steve Henderson; licensed open edition print at Great Big Canvas, iCanvasART, and Framed Canvas Art.

The Bill Gates Plan: Five key attributes of the Successful Person.

Superstar Managers: How They Achieve Success and Become CEOs

It’s not hard to find these — just pop onto Linked In and look at the top 5 stories, most of which have a minimum of 50,000 views. One time, I wandered over just to see what the writers were actually saying, which is, predictably, not much.

A lack of valid and intelligent content, however, is no guarantee that people will click away. Sometimes, when I look at the YouTube videos with the million-plus viewers and compare them to the ones with a few thousand or so, I wonder, “Cats running into windows are always funny, but don’t people want to know about alternative news information contrary to what they’re fed from corporate news stations?”

Live Happily on Less book by Carolyn Henderson at amazon.com

If you’re worried about money, focus less on making more as you do on spending less. Paperback and digital at Amazon.com.

Speaking of clicking, I would appreciate it if you would follow the link for the rest of the story, Longing for Success, at my BeliefNet blog, Commonsense Christianity. Regular readers know that I am only able to post a teaser, and am most grateful for the readers who ingest the entire article.

If you are a Christian, you are being subtly — or not so subtly — manipulated into thinking that a love of God and a desire for a lot of money can go hand in hand. Don’t think so? If you’ve ever attended a business seminar and found yourself nodding in agreement, you might question whether or not you were being manipulated.

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About This Woman Writes

Carolyn Henderson is the marketing manager of Steve Henderson Fine Art. In addition to her This Woman Writes blog, Carolyn writes a regular art column for FineArtNews, an online newsletter for artists and art collectors.
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3 Responses to Our Obsession with Success

  1. Susannah says:

    Augh! It’s so true that too often “God’s love” is tied up with “success.” That’s not Christianity at all!!! Thanks for linking this up with the Faith and Fellowship blog hop!

    • So true, Susannah — but that doesn’t stop us from trying to make the best of both worlds. And the trap that gets us into is that we take for granted the “things” that are truly meaningful (family, friends, loved ones — even a beloved dog is worth more, ultimately, than a shiny rock) and figure that they’ll stay put while we focus our energy and hopes on material success.

      God may or may not give us material success, but if He does, we pray that wisdom accompanies it, so that it doesn’t become a trap into which we fall. Solomon may have been wise, but I’m not sure how content he was . . .

  2. Sarah says:

    This is a great post, success is such a big deal in our world today (or maybe always, I don’t know). The pressure of success makes everything a competition, and you’re right, in that we miss all that life has to offer- what God has given us.

    Thank you for linking up this past week with the SHINE Blog Hop!

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