Originating in the Latin term exitus ("exit" ), the concept refers to successful effect or consequence of an action or venture . Its root becomes more or less evident according to the context in which we use this word, since it often expresses "excel", "get out of the competition", "get out of the darkness of anonymity ".
For example: "New success of Lionel Messi: is crowned as the top scorer in the history of FC Barcelona", "The singer performed with great success in Chile, where he gathered more than 200,000 spectators", "The success of the project is in doubt because of the economic problems".
Keep in mind that the notion of success is subjective and relative . Often associated with victory and obtaining great merits , success is part of our almost daily life and in general it is not shared with many people. As for the subjectivity We can say that every time we propose something and achieve it, whether it is to improve our working conditions, pass an exam, quit smoking or simply save money to give us a treat, we are successful. To understand the relative concept, let's take a case as an example: success in a car competition It usually ends in the first place. However, if a driver started from last place and came second, he can also consider his participation as a success. The same with the one who, with a much smaller budget than that of his competitors, finished in the top positions, although he has not succeeded.
However, society usually establishes a relationship between success, wealth material and fame. This distorted and poor vision of reality affects many people, generating a simplified scheme of life that separates successful from failed. And it is precisely this last word that, when taken as a counterpart to the first, generates even more confusion. Success should not be understood as one-dimensional, but as the achievement of a objective , whether small and intimate or large and with great impact.
It should be noted that the psychology talk about fear of success when someone who is close to achieving some personal goal develops an action, either unconscious or conscious, not to prosper. The causes of this particularity are found in the possible mental linkage of success with negative consequences, such as an increase in the responsibility or a departure from loved ones. But the study of this phenomenon has gone beyond the obvious reasons. It turns out that human beings don't always crave the best for us; On the contrary, our desires rarely move us towards satisfactory and beneficial results. The first culprit that comes to mind, as always, is the media with its twisted and misleading messages. But according to many psychologists, the fear of success is that the individual has not stopped to consider whether he has chosen the path he really wants, probably induced by family and social pressures. Then, from a young age, he has directed himself towards that goal that, as it approaches, awakens in our brain sensations that bother us, anguish us, prevent us from continuing with the determination we showed until then; and our mind knows the truth, and it seeks a escape to alert us of our mistake.