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G.K. Chesterton - The Lie of Success

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G.K. Chesterton - The Lie of Success

"In the essay "The Fallacy of Success," G.K. Chesterton critiques the genre of self-help books and articles that promise to teach readers how to achieve success. He argues that these works are nonsensical and misleading, as they offer vague and impractical advice without any real substance. Chesterton contends that true success cannot be taught through such books and that the concept of success itself is often misunderstood. He emphasizes that success in any field comes either from doing good work or from cheating, and he criticizes the obsession with material wealth and social status. Chesterton also mocks the mystical reverence given to successful figures like Vanderbilt and Rothschild, suggesting that such admiration is misplaced and often based on ignorance. Ultimately, he calls for a rejection of these superficial success manuals in favor of more meaningful pursuits." from the video introduction

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