English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
|The word "success" was created
about 600 years ago. Over the course of time the word has
come to mean a level of social status or achievement of an object or goal. Decades ago my
grandfather started a furniture buisness. Unitil 1945, Japan brutally and maliciously conquered
Korea. My grandfather had to overcome many difficulties in oreder to achieve "sucess". He
was not only financially successful but sought to incorporate oter meanings of "success"
in to his lilfe. After further exploration of the word, the perception of "success" is
different from person to person, however it originates from status and achievements.
One can have a different perspective from others when a word is given. In the survey of the word
"success" 60 percent claimed that money and fame were the key elemetns to
"success". One of my friends Joe first thought about Bill Gates when he heard about the
word. Bill Gates who is admired by almost everyone in the world is an exemplary of
"success" for his outstanding accomplishment. 20 percent of the interviewees agreed that
great education is essential to being successful. David said "when I first think of the word
success I think of going to the university that I desire to." Education prepares one for the
future by giving him or her skills and knowledge that is necessary. Anoter 20 percent of the
respondents stated that happiness is the most important part of "success". Se-Bin said
"the way to reach success is happiness." Without happiness, money does not mean anything.
The various responses when given a word can result from one's point of view.
The word "success" has a long history, commonly being used during the 16th century. Over
the course of 5 centuries since the word "success" came to mean many things. The common
definition of the word "success" is "the prosperous achievement of something
attempted" from the OED dictionary. In my opinion the word means the achievement of what one
values. There are many people in the world; each one has a different understanding of the word. The
unique definition of the word "success" is an event. The word used to describe an event of
history, wars, and adventures. While many people think about the word "success" as an
abstract idea or concept, this definition tell us about a particular situation. Since the word has
traveled for a long time, there are many definitions which are similar but there is always a
prominent meaning which sets it apart from others.
Since "success" is a universal concept, many renowned authors have used this word. From
seeking the usage of the word from the famous writers, one could come to a great understanding. In
the play of All's Well That Ends Well, William Shakespeare writes "I know not what the
success wil be my Lord, but the attempt I vow." THis quotation is significant because
Shakespeare is trying to say that one of the characters in this play will try his best to achieve
"success" despite the difficulties that he has to endure. In Henry, IV, another well known
drama, Shakespeare writes "And so, success of Mischief shall be borne, And Heire shall hold
this Quarrel vp". The quotation refers to the passing on of the crown which was essential
during that period of time. Even when I menitioned the same author, there were different
applications for the word.
The word "success" has evoloved since Shakespeare. Now journalists use the word
"success" to analyze the current political and social climate in a particular area. In
article from London Times the authors use of "success" measures how Dubai is using its oil
revenues to initiate positive political change. "Rulers are aware that the wealth is spread
unevenly and that a generous helping of middle calss aspiration and job creation can cool the
hotbeds of ex-tremism. The absence of terror in the Gulf's Westernised oases is critical to
their success."(LT, 10/29/07). In this instance "success" is not directly financail.
Rather "success" is used to show how the economy of Dubai can eradicate poverty thus
allowing them to overcome the dangers of political extremisim. In another article from BBC,
"success" illustrates how alternative energies are used to combat the dangers of global
warming. "It could soon be all system go for the world's first offshore tidal energy
turbine. A trial off the NOrth Devon coast has been such a success, that plans are being made to
link to the National Grid."(BBC, 03/08/2005). This author uses the word "success" to
demonstrate the achievement of an energy source independent of oil. The two articles employ
"success" to measure political change and industrial achievement.
Not only a great writer like Shakespeare used the word "success", also people of my
generation commonly use it. When I asked foreign language speakers about their thought of grasping
the word "success", 40 percent claimed that it was difficult and 60 percent state that it
was easy to understand. One of my friends, James, said that the word "success" was hard to
pronounce because it contained two c's and s's. For the foreign language speaker it is
hard to annunciate the word which has double consonant. On the other hand Owen claimed that "it
was easy to master the word success because it is something that I want to accomplish."
Furthermore Peter stated that "it was not challenging to assimilate the word because I knew the
true definition of the word success in Korean." There are many ways to incorporate the word
"success" easily such as being motivated and understand the word in a different language.
From questioning other foreign language speakers, I was able to enhance my knowledge of this word.
From my various research of "success", I wonder how one could live without this word.
There is no one in the world who does not want to be successful. However the individual's
definition of "success" can not be found in one particular instance. It is the balance of
one's desire to achieve "success" and the perception of what "success"
actually is that defines the true meaning of "success".
Dear Mr Shakespeare
The word archery means the practice of using a
bow to shoot arrows. According to the Old English