Can we standardize success?

For some staying in high rise apartments in a posh locality of a city is a success, while for some staying in a mud house in a village is a success.

For some working for high pay job in an air-conditioned room is a success, while for some working with hands under the sun is a success.

For some doing yoga is a success, while for some running on the treadmill is a success.

For some buying things is a success, while for some reducing the usage of things is a success.

For some spending weekend in malls is a success, while for some spending weekend in meditation is a success.

Then, why is it that society has defined for the first 25 years of a child's life:
Being able to roll by 3 months is a success? (He didn't roll yet!)
Being able to crawl by 7 months is a success?
Being able to walk by 12 months is a success?
Being able to talk by 20 months is a success?
Being able to recite A-Z and 1,2,3 by the age of 2 years is a success?
Being able to read and write even before his early childhood completes is a success?
Being able to recite the Multiplication tables is a success?
Being able to score the highest grade is a success?
Being able to score the highest in a platter of subjects chosen by the adult is a success?
Being able to score the highest in the 10th grade is a success?
Being able to score the highest in the 12th is a success?
Being able to breeze through the top entrance exams is a success?
Being able to graduate from the top university is a success?
Being able to fetch a top-paying job is a success?
Being able to possess the greatest material wealth is a success?

How can the definition of success for ALL 30 students in a class be THE SAME?

How can the definition of success for approximately lakhs of students who graduate be THE SAME?

In fact, it is NOT THE SAME. Yet, they have been made to believe that success in society has a standard definition. Any goal other than the standard that the adult has defined is seen as a failure.

You know how much of an effort it takes for the graduate to actually realise himself, his goals, his interests and his definition of success? It takes a toll on his mind, body and soul to actually come out of the standards of success that the society/adults have set in him for the past 20 years of his life.

Why can't the child define success and choose his own path towards success since the time he is young?

Do we not trust the child?

An adult can always facilitate/help the child but need not direct the child all the way from childhood to teenage that usually leaves him clueless by the time he reaches his adulthood.

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