Botton's main arguments about success and failure is that some people try and some people don't.. For example when I was watching his youtube video he says "where those who deserve to to get to the bottom also get to the bottom and stay there, in other words ,your position in life comes to seem not accidental, but merited and deserved. And that maked failure seem much more crushing. So what he is saying is that you can choose to have success or failure. He talks about how people take what happens to them very personally, they either own their failure or they own their success. "everyone deserves to get where they get to." When I heard Botton say this I thought it was a good thing to hear. If you want to be successful in life you can be but if you don't want to be successful in life then you won't be, you get to choose on whether you want to be successful or not. "We are the first to be living in a society where we worship nothing but ourselves." This is saying that in the past years everyone who has lived has had to worship someone or something, and we now don't have to worship anything or anyone. Botton says " the funny thing about success is that we think that we know what it means." This is saying that we all think that we know what success is but we all have a different meaning of success, for example I could thing that success means having a goal and achieving it and success for someone else could mean that you are successful in life, like you have gotten to the point in life where you want to be.
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