Thursday, April 30, 2009

Redefining Success

Everyone has weighed in with opinions on the subject. The comments flow endlessly from book titles and magazine articles. Our predominating materialistic world view limits our discussion of it to fields of money or fame. But as our defining economic structure crumbles before our very eyes, we'd be well advised to try to redefine it.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, Re-defining Success.

Before we begin, I'd like to remind you of our other radio project ... a new show I'm developing with Dr. Claudia Bernhardt Pacheco, a frequent contributor here, called Healing Through Consciousness. This is a program focused on offering advice and counseling to you for any problems or difficulties that you want help with. We regularly take calls and emails to delve deeper into those difficult problems that you haven't been able to solve or get on top of. All the information about how to participate is on our site. Or feel free to write me anytime:

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We've approached the idea of success in a popular Thinking with Somebody Else's Head program way back in January of 2007, but I'd like to come at it again, this time from a little more metaphysical point of view.

We're very limited in talking about success today because of the economic bias we bring to any discussion on the subject. From the Forbes List to winners on the Apprentice, we give a lot of airtime to success defined by an extremely narrow range of parameters. And that makes us very shallow and it deteriorates our cultural and even intellectual experience.

Lily Tomlin expressed it well when she said, "Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world." Amen, Ms. Tomlin. What's the value of that?

But there is a hunger for more. There has to be. Tell me there is. It's why I'm putting all this energy and time into this Podcast.

Actually, we see evidence that people are seeking more in the acceptance of Norberto Keppe's TV show around the world - and Keppe's show is the polar opposite of the completely irrelevant discourse that defines today's TV talk show.

And there's more evidence, too, in the worldwide acceptance flowing to Britain's Got Talent winner, Susan Boyle, an ordinary, anything but the usual collagen-lipped, air-brushed, made-by-marketing, limited talent wonder we're normally spoon-fed by our mediocrity-addicted media.

We're hungry for authenticity. I often think of Keppe's Analytical Trilogy like the water of truth on our parched earth.

So let's look at success in that light today. Psychoanalyst Leo Lima joins me today.

Click here to listen to this episode.


Dennis Hilton said...

Hi Rich
What a fascinating discussion. It still amazes me how much I don't know and don't understand through Dr K's perspective about human beings.

I had to listen to the section on "fear" of success & failure twice and now as I write this, it's gone again.

WOW astonishing

Richard Lloyd Jones said...

Thanks, Dennis, for your thoughtful and honest comment. This is a very common experience for all of us who study directly with Keppe. I can read one of Keppe's books that I read earlier and think, "My God, this is completely new. Did I read this before?" So I know firsthand what you are experiencing.

Perhaps it's important to realize this about ourselves: we human beings are generally very clued out about the truth of ourselves and life, and it would be very intelligent for us to learn more about this, rather than just focusing on the more superficial aspects of life that command the majority of our attention.

That's why I produce the Podcast, too, and comments like yours that show some are waking up and realizing they need to learn more make producing it very worthwhile.

Please feel free to comment further on any of the topics we cover in the Podcast.