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  1. Introduction
  2. Plato's use of Socrates in Apology
  3. Pprosperous careers
    1. Being a sports agent
    2. Working as a marketing representatives
  4. Conclusion
  5. Bibliography

Socrates believes that in order for one to live a successful life, they must be able to ?Know Thyself?. When Socrates made this statement, he was in a time when doing good deeds which would make God happy was considered a successful life. In today's world, it is material wealth which determines if one has had a successful life or not. As a result of this new way of determining a successful life, it is no longer ?Know Thyself? which leads you in the direction of a successful life, but ?Know Theirself?. In today's economy, the people who have the most material wealth are those who are employed in jobs where they need to know the people around them, and not themselves, in order to be successful. Plato uses Socrates in Apology to explain what God's definition of a successful life should be. While he is in court, Socrates explains to the jury that, ?Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively."

[...] Because Manny is a free agent at the end of the season, his play since being traded to LA has put him in position to gain a larger contract than the $20 million he earned this season. Without Boras' knowledge of Manny, Manny's value would have gone down as a result of his selfish antics which he displayed with the Red Sox during the middle of the season. In order to live a successful life, Scott Boras only needs to know the people which surround him during his daily work life. [...]

[...] Another prosperous career based on today's definition of a successful life is the business of marketing. In the world today, advertisements are strategically placed everywhere. If something is known to be popular, you'll find an advertisement on it or around it. A good example of this is a thirty second commercial during the Superbowl. While the Superbowl is known to be the most popular television event in the United States every year, companies are willing to pay more than a million dollars for 30 seconds of advertising during its broadcast. [...]

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