Recently in my life, the notion of success has come up over and over again. Quite a bit. There is an axiom within our cultural lexicon that time and time again brings us back to the notion that success seemingly pushes us away from "ourselves". That it forces you to become many things; anything but your true self.
The more you understand, the better you are. Sometimes we can fear 'tangents' but I have come to find that tangents are many times the foundation to what will differentiate you from someone else.