Don't Succeed, Thrive | Hannah M. Murphy

July 1, 2014 6:47 PM

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Don't Succeed, Thrive | Hannah M. Murphy

Ask anyone on the street what their definition of success is and their answer will undoubtedly revolve around money and power. The "American dream" -- a nice house and family, financial stability and a corporate job -- is a concept that has grasped the attention of our nations citizens and drives the way we live our daily lives. This idea of success brainwashes the younger generations into thinking that the only way to be happy is to be rich and powerful -- leading to stress, more physical and mental health risks and unhappiness, according to Arianna Huffington in her book, Thrive. I have to admit, as a recent college graduate I continuously find myself focused on making money and searching for a career that will allow me to climb into a respected, but more stressful, executive position. It's what I have always wanted... I thought.

Growing up in Kentucky -- a place that combines the traditions of the South with the conveniences of the North due to cities like Louisville and Lexington -- I was repeatedly encouraged to get the proper education and to excel in school. "School comes first little lady," my grandmother would say. "Y...

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