I stumbled on a TED talk a few days ago and have since been hooked on many more (Oh hello assignments–give me a second).
An old one stood out to me in the context of Occupy Wall Street. Here is an engrossing discussion of meritocracy and an attempt at shaping “A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success” by Alain de Botton, who wrote the book on (not) enjoying your work.
Whichever side you stand on, the speech is relevant and brings up many intriguing ways of rethinking the meaning of success. Oh, and do stay on after the applause.