what is success-part 2

on my guest post,what is success someone made a comment with a very valid point.

I will attempt to answer it by breaking it into parts and answering them one at a time,but it will  have one overall message.

“Despite this whole ’empowering poem‘, which states very obvious things, btw, the advertisements usually win out. That is how the world works. They tell you that you are missing something and that you need it- and then you want it.”

yes,my poem does state very obvious things.sometimes we have to hear the same things,the things that we all think we know already,in order to really understand them and apply them in real life.

It’s true,the advertisements usually do win us over at the end.we live in an age of very low self-esteem,and people do tend to grab at any chance to get everything,but we also live in a very fast- paced one,so we also want it quickly.

so,we buy them and we listen to them.

but,it’s all really a matter of choice-we can choice to listen to them-

or,we can choice to listen to our inner self,which tells us the full,real truth.

“People buy self-help books to try to counteract the way these advertisements and perfect models make them feel. But self help books don’t work.”

when I read my first self-help book,I made a decision-this is really going to change me.

so,I would read each chapter,or even a part,and then I would ask myself:

  1. how does this apply to you?
  2. how can it help change you?
  3. what can it teach you about yourself\life.

and it took me over a month to read it,

but it really,fully changed me.

and,if we all use them like that,then they can can truly help you change.

“So they write poems that say the obvious things that everyone thinks but very few actually do anything about.”

I think I already answered both of those questions.

“Success is all well and good. This poem is all well and good. But how much of it is actually true and practical, and how much is just a way to try to convince ourselves?”

In my view,”practical” is just a myth.

is it practical that a nation should listen to one guy who said the world is going to end?

is it practical that one man split the sea?

practical is just a myth,a result of our thoughts.

what we make practical,

what we really believe in,

becomes our reality.


thank you,

Altie  for your comment.

it has helped me to think,

and also to add a new dimension to words from the soul:

instead of just writing inspirational,

I will now try to also implant practical ways to achieve these things in real life.


I love your comment and also your questions.


if you have a question,

please submit on the form to the side.

I loved questions on everything.



13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Altie
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 20:35:40

    🙂 Thanks for a whole post dedicated to me. (Or my comment rather.)


  2. ralsk
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 20:38:36

    thank you for the awesome comment.:)
    can i ask you a favor?


  3. Altie
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 20:40:25

    maybe. you can email me if u want.


  4. The Professor
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 20:50:43

    “It’s true,the advertisements usually do win us over at the end.we live in an age of very low self-esteem”

    I am not sure how much low self esteem has to do with anything. As Vance Packard explains in The Hidden Persuaders, the advertising companies use psychology to figure out WHY we do things. All advertising companies have psychologists on staff, who based on their understanding of we do things the way we do, have the company package / label things in certain ways. An example he gives is soap vs moisturizer, how women will spend more on a product which promises to make them beautiful as well as clean. As he put it, “the women are buying a promise, not the product”.

    Therefore, it is not the consumers fault for falling for advertising gimmicks, they are just following their instincts and the way they are wired. \


    • ralsk
      Oct 12, 2011 @ 08:31:15

      to the professor:Therefore, it is not the consumers fault for falling for advertising gimmicks, they are just following their instincts and the way they are wired.
      it is up to you to follow to our instincts.
      we decide what we are wired to.
      i never said it was easy,
      just our choice.


    • ralsk
      Oct 12, 2011 @ 08:36:16

      and essentially it is self- esteem.
      we would not need these things in the first place,
      unless we feel we have something missing.

      we would also not all think so much alike,
      if we didn’t have low self-esteem.


  5. ralsk
    Oct 11, 2011 @ 19:34:05

    will do


  6. Altie
    Oct 11, 2011 @ 22:06:25

    Ahh so it’s our own fault. Maybe so. But they play on our minds, they do it intentionally. It may not be the same as hypnotism, and they do not force us to buy their products. But with silent persuasion, it gets the job done all the same.


  7. The Professor
    Oct 11, 2011 @ 22:10:57

    It NOT our own fault. We simply follow what we are programed to do. They in a sense DO force people to but products by using psychology to play with peoples minds to make them feel that they NEED that item.


  8. Altie
    Oct 11, 2011 @ 22:16:33

    You make ‘us’ sound like monkeys. We don’t just come because they said come. And if it is not ‘our’ fault and it is not ‘their’ fault then where do you place the blame for the fact that people have tons of useless stuff that they don’t need or want? Because it looked shiny on tv? Yes. Then they are at fault.

    So you are saying it has nothing to do with low self esteem. It has to do with mind games.

    BUT, when you look at the models out there on the runway, or on the cover of vogue, or even the ones who play in regular shampoo commercials, where their hair falls like a waterfall and you say, I want that because they have it. They make you feel like you are missing something, like what you have is not good enough.

    Low self esteem, or just not happy with what you have?

    This theme seems to be so prevalent right now.


  9. The Professor
    Oct 11, 2011 @ 22:27:12

    Its deeper than that. Packard gives a great example of how “they” figured out that men will be attracted to auto show rooms by convertibles, but leave with a sedan. There are serious mind games played. You seriously should read The Hidden Persuaders.


  10. Altie
    Oct 11, 2011 @ 22:32:41

    I think it’s fascinating, yes. I think it’s amazing how they can set up the lay out of a store by how a person shops. How they put the essential items in the back so you must make your way through the whole store to get to them, while picking up tons of stuff on the way. Psychology in general is brilliant, and yes I find it very interesting.

    But do I want ‘them’ to play mind games on me? No. I want to be the only one who’s exempt.

    Maybe I’ll read it. 3 day yom tov coming up and all.


  11. ralsk
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 08:33:12

    i love the way you people challenge everything.


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