I really enjoy this guy.
Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.
For a deeper and longer look at some of the ideas he shares in this short piece is this really wonderful documentary called Status Anxiety. The whole thing is below by way of a playlist. It’s much longer than the above and he speaks more calmly unlike his rushed delivery in the TED talk above.
I’ve shared his work on the blog before: A Hymn to the Glass Half Empty. Also a more calm delivery.
Books by this contemporary philosopher: