Kardashians “Just Want to Be Successful”

Posted June 22, 2012 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

Tuning in to OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, last Sunday evening (with Part 2 airing this Sunday) you’ll find an in-depth interview Oprah did with the entire Kardashian family in their Calabassas, California home. Most of the interview is unsurprising. Kris Jenner defends what many call “pimping” her children, Kim Kardashian opens up about her unhappiness in her marriage, and Scott Disek admits he’s kind of a jackass. Nothing new, right?

One question, though, caught my ear. Oprah asked the Kardashian children if they “always wanted to be famous.” The answer came from sister Khloe who said that they never longed to be famous, but that they grew up around famous people, children whose parents had risen to the top of their fields, and that it was ingrained in them at a young age that they should pursue success. Khloe said, “We just want to be successful.” All four of the Kardashian kids agreed and refuted that they set out to be famous.

Whether you believe what Khloe and the other kids said or not, it brings up an interesting point. Success is in the eye of the beholder, and even more so it’s in the eyes of a child who is picturing success in the place or circumstances they grow up seeing. It’s no wonder that children who grow up in underserved neighborhoods have difficulty graduating or going to college. And conversely, it’s no wonder that children who grow up with incredibly successful parents will want to model that behavior.

What do you think? What is success in your eyes? Does it correspond to the success you viewed as a chidl?

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Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."