What is success? How do you define success?
I must have read hundreds of articles preaching strategies to achieve success. They tell me to pick up these habits, follow these simple steps, adopt these rules to live by, etc. etc. etc.
They all insist I get up approximately 4 hours earlier than I want to and eat exclusively plant-based substitutes that will increase my productivity and cost 3 times the price of the substituted product.
The questions I have are, if I were to follow the steps and achieve success, what would that mean? What is success? What makes something successful? How can I tell if I am successful?
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Who am I and why do I care about ‘what is success’?
My name is Claire, and I am setting out on a mission to define ‘what is success.’
I have always loved problem solving and mathematics (with the brief exception of the summer aged 16-18 where I tried to suppress my inner nerd hoping to become a successful rock star, artist, designer… As you may have guessed it did not go well, but I digress).
My favorite book is Freakonomics – in case you’re not familiar with it, in Freakonomics economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner apply the laws of economics to understand everyday problems – such as why school teachers cheat and the reason behind the sudden fall in violent crime in the US.
It’s a fascinating book and the inspiration behind my idea.
So what is this idea??
To help me better define success, I want to understand if I can map out the commonalities that make things successful by applying machine learning techniques to identify them. As an example, what characterizes a successful book (or blog)? What makes a successful relationship? Or a successful movement?
I know right! Interesting, huh?
I currently work at Amazon and class myself as being in the tech industry. Today anyone who’s anyone in this industry is talking about the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
I want to test out this power for myself to answer the questions I have about defining success.
Currently, there are just two minor blockers to my setting out on this mission:
1. I don’t know how to code
2. I have never written an ML (what we cool kids call Machine Learning) algorithm
But we live in the age of technology, and there are infinite resources out there to learn new skills. Surely in this world of EdX, Coursera, and YouTube, a little thing like having no technical knowledge about a subject won’t prevent me from achieving my dreams right?
I guess we’ll see.