The Fallacy Of Success Analysis

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In his essay “The Fallacy of Success,” G. K. Chesterton disavow self-help books that claim to teach the secret to getting rich. Chesterton seems to think that there are only two ways of succeeding, “One is by doing very good work, the other is by cheating.” He also refine the fact that these articles or books are just a “mysticism of money.” People write books to make money even if they have no idea what they are writing about. In the end, Chesterton leaves the reader with the massage of being success does not mean being rich. For these reasons, I believe that Chesterton resonates that the motivation of the authors revolves around the idea of getting money, not only for themselves but also for those yearning for riches. Chesterton makes some…show more content…
Chesterton juxtaposed these books with religion and chivalry, “They are much more wild than the wildest romances of chivalry and much more dull than the dullest religious tract.” He seems to think that these books are works of wild imagination, while at the same time boring because they don’t actually say anything. I don’t believe that all of the books on success is pointless because I have once read a book about success. As Chesterton stated this book was mostly about how did the successful people get to where they are right now, and if a person reads this and tries to mimic the path of a millionaire it would not happen. However, when I read the book like this I apply them to my daily life. As an example, when the book talks about getting rid of distractions I applied this to my sports, soccer. Before this advice, I always get nervous before and during the game, and that prevented me to play my own game. But, overtime I was able to stop listening to the negativities around me and focus on the game. Additionally, when read this kind of books as a kid it gave me excitements and hopes for the future. Specifically, when I read a book about a successful individuals I look at what colleges they went. These informations gave me the ideas of what colleges I want to go, and it encouraged me to work hard and aim for the
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