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Symbols of Success

March 3, 2016


This post is not about $2K watches or $60K cars, those are status symbols and they DHV to the world. The symbols I’m referring to are insignificant to the world yet mean something to us.

Blue Pill Symbol

I noticed my 8th grade niece had received an attendance award, it was attached to the fridge. I read who it was made out to which bears my last name, it made me smile. Then I was shocked to read the award was for having the 7th best attendance record in her class. Not the 8th grade class as a whole, her individual class of 30 students. What the fuck?! Yes, children need positive reinforcement, but I was a child once and we didn't get recognized for 7th place in anything. Why are they rewarding mediocrity? Can you imagine if the Olympics awarded those who placed 7th?

Red Pill Symbol

Have you ever walked into a business and seen a $1 bill taped up on the wall? That is the 1st dollar the business owner made. He is proud of that dollar because it reminds him of the day the cash register rang for the first time. It’s not about the actual dollar, it's a symbol that what this man has sacrificed has paid off. I will bet that he would give you a $20 bill from his pocket before he gave you that particular dollar from the wall.

In Progress Symbol

This is my lighter. It has a quarter tank of gas left, and is probably worth 25 cents. Over a year ago when I was still getting high, I would go through a 5 pack of Bic's every week. If I wasn't draining each lighter to its very last drop of fluid, I was handing it to a friend and forgetting about it (jacked) or having it drop off my lap without noticing as I got out of the car. The lighter you see pictured is the last one I've ever bought. It's been in my possession for over a year. It symbolizes my victory over a lifestyle that was draining my wallet and slowing down my progress. Do you see that chipped and frayed edge at the bottom? I've used this lighter to pop the caps off many bottles of beer in the last year. Beers I fucking earned.

Share your symbols of success below.

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Title Symbols of Success
Author WhySoRuff
Upvotes 47
Comments 22
Date March 3, 2016 4:29 AM UTC (6 years ago)
Subreddit /r/TheRedPill
Archive Link https://theredarchive.com/r/TheRedPill/symbols-of-success.56688
Original Link https://old.reddit.com/r/TheRedPill/comments/48qdht/symbols_of_success/
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[–]gabilromariz12 points13 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

My symbol of success is a medal I won for second place in a comedy contest. I am the least funny person I know of, but I worked hard, prepared jokes, rehearsed the act and so on. To me it's a symbol of me achieving what I didn't think was me and how hard work trumps "natural knack". I have it pinned to the corkboard in my office.

I also have a box in my nightsatnd with random hex nuts I collect at important times. I have one taken from a traffic signal from my hometown, one taken from my first car, you get the picture

[–]SteeleLion 6 points6 points [recovered] | Copy Link

Mine is literally a steel lion.

My name roughly translates to Lion, my Family name is Steele.

I saw a lion figure head made of some sort of steel like metal in a market place when I left my home country to restart my life 3 years ago. It symbolises the ferocity and hard edge I wanted to cultivate for myself.

Kind of like a Totem for me, now I just think be the Steel Lion.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Could you possibly have a more bad ass name?

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Big into these:

I keep the cheap black pepper box that I used to season the cold Chunky Soup that I'd eat when I basically lived in my car in LA for a year.

I keep the first contract that I ever get when I started my company on my wall. I priced it so I had just enough to pay rent that month while still winning the sale.

Just reminders of where I've where I'm going.

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[–]Peter_Pan_MGTOW8 points9 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

"whats that you got in your pockets son?"

"dont worry officer, that's nothing to worry about, that's just my symbol"

"Oh, its your symbol. Of course. Carry on"

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[–]empty_basket0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

You're just lucky, OP. Just like me. Not everyone is so lucky. Ditch the high horse routine though. It doesn't suit you.

[–]TheRedStoic2 points3 points  (3 children) | Copy Link

I don't really have a symbol. I do have a set of skills.

I have my business, I have a mastery level capability playing piano, and I'm noticeably ripped.

These are my success "symbols" I guess, I don't really have any hard physical representatives though, like a medal or anything.

You've forced me to introspect op. I don't have physical symbols of anything really, jewelry, art, etc. I don't like them, I like having abilities I can use. That's what I get off on.

[–]bebestman0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy Link

Similar here. My possessions change as my personality changes. Say I was to learn playing the piano, I'd have one staying in my place. If I stop playing, the piano goes away too, even if I still can play.

But I am not sure that this is a particularly good way to live, not showing to other people what you are capable of by showing off your possessions, as they can serve as an excellent conversation piece.

[–]TheRedStoic0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy Link

That's true. Though I usually ride through social proof.

People know what I'm good at quickly, I've spent most of my life cultivating myself to be a "go to guy"

Party planned? Me.

Events? Me.

Job? Me.

Etc. So I've always been maximizing my value. Thanks to upbringing I suppose. You raise an excellent point though, I should consider getting more easily accessible? Transparent? Whatever the appropriate word is.

[–]bebestman0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

"Conspicuous" seems like a good choice, as in "conspicuous consumption" for showing off wealth. Which is especially funny with nerds, who profess to not playing status games, but play them indirectly by showing off either their "knowledge" or what kind of media they consume.

Personally, I make an effort keep the books I learned the most from and to acquire hardcover versions of them. This gives people a variety of topics to pick from. Sometimes I even buy the book after having found the information elsewhere.

What are some other ways to show off skills, especially those that do not necessarily need tools, like programming?

[–]reasonableman13 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

My body is my symbol. I was a obese 42 inch waist tubbo with no muscle tone for years, and then I lost weight, cut my hair into a decent style, and started lifting weights and now I'm in better shape than 98% of guys my age. I say 98% because I don't personally know a single guy my age in better shape, I just know they exist.

[–]Rasalom72[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

When I started my first job, I bought a papermate refillable clicky pen to do the kitchen orders with. I still have that pen over two decades later. And I can still get refills.

[–]LetsGoAllTheWhey1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

My symbol is my Marine Corps uniform that's been hanging in the closet for the last 25 years. Last time I tried it on, my arms wouldn't fit in the sleeves.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Nothing is more rewarding than trying on an old shirt and noticing how the sleeves can barely stretch around your bis

[–]ObservantOmega0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

My first three books I've bought after my family lost everything in a flood (house, almost all possesions plus the family business). They remind me that you can rebuild everything if you work for it.

A bundle of dueling blades from my time in a German student corporation. They remind me that for all the tough talk most people are weak cowards, and it takes confidence to go out there and take a risk.

[–]eccentricrealist0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

A small frame of my first novel's cover. It's not even good, I published it independently in high school, but I keep it as a reminder that if I stick to a plan I can do whatever the hell I want. Also, whem I don't have to bust my ass all day long with econ, I'll write as much as I can because I fucking love it.

[–]Donny5770 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

My symbol is honestly my pants from 9th grade I was 160. Let myself go my senior year after sports and wrestling was done. Ended up 210 at the middle of summer, found the RP and now I can wear those pants again.

[–]RedPillAtNight0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

I have three. I have a plaque for winning Best overall driver at a driving school at Atlanta Motor Speedway. I was the best (fastest driving the road course they had inside the big oval at the time) that day out of 120 total drivers.

I have a marathon finisher certificate from the Chicago Marathon the day I qualified for Boston. After that race I sat in the tent in front of a heater and shivered for 30 minutes. I literally left every ounce of energy on the course.

And I have a third place flag hanging in my living room from the Chicago to Mackinac sailing race (333 miles, three days racing) where we placed third. It was on my dads boat and it was epic to see his face on the stage when we got the flag.

All hard earned and significant to me.

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.

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