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(The Economist) By 2007 over three-quarters of South Korean students were receiving some form of private tuition, spawning a maxim about the three necessities to win a place at a good university: “father’s wealth, mother’s information, child’s stamina”.

A report by the ministry of education found that in 2016 households with monthly incomes of 7m won ($6,230) or more were spending 443,000 won a month on private education, nine times as much as families bringing in 1m won or less.


According to the Pew Research Centre, a think-tank, only a fifth of those aged 18-33 believe that working hard brings success.


If hard work doesn't guarantee success, what does?

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What is the definition of success?

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Post time 2017-11-22 18:09:37 |Display all floors
Of course not.

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Between two individuals with equal background and all other variables (including how they define success), the one working harder will almost always succeed better.

But that is only a theoretical scenario. I real world, people come from so different backgrounds, attributes, and even with different definitions for success, that hard work does not guarantee success in comparison to others.

But usually even then, hard work is the best way to try to equal the playing field.

Some attempts could be done to define success in some universal way, for example it could be for ndividual to excel relative to his or hers own "base level" - in any given dimension.

If hard work gives a janitor double the salary, it could be considered better success than a billionaire making (only) another million.

Or if a highschool nerd marries a beautiful wife, then he has succeeded better than the popular kid marrying his high school sweetheart.

Or if a small scale farmer improves his productivity or food quality relatively more than a big farming corporation, then the farmer has succeeded better than the corporation.

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Post time 2017-11-23 00:26:56 |Display all floors
Success does not has a complete definition. when someone realizes its ideals. this is just success.
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No guarantees - hard work definitely increases the chances of success or achieving one's goals.
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Post time 2017-11-23 10:31:38 |Display all floors
This post was edited by symondsez at 2017-11-23 10:34

99% luck + 1% hard work = Success..

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