Success vs. Achievement

Is success good? Or is achievement better?

Is there a difference? Well, yes, in a way. The words are frequently used interchangeably, and they are clearly closely related. In making a distinction between the two, I don’t intend to criticize anyone for not parsing the fine differences between them in everyday use, nor am I necessarily arguing that you should start.

But there is a subtle difference of meaning and connotation between them, and it’s at the root of an issue that is important in understanding Objectivism, the meaning of individualism, and what it means to be good and to be happy. I have been discovering recently that it also makes a difference in how we evaluate certain public figures.

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