According to edvawnow.org, the number one way to be successful to be open and respectful of all human rights. After reading that information the conclusion that was drawn was that for most people, including McCandless, success for one person is actually about helping others succeed in their day-to-day lives. An example of McCandless helping others to succeed is in chapter six of Into The Wild where the reader learns that McCandless once said to Ronald Franz, an eighty year old widower, “you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life… make each day a new horizon.". From the book the readers also learn that Franz does take McCandless’s advice and widower’s life is greatly improved, meaning that McCandless was successful in at least one endeavor on the cross country trip to Alaska.
For Thoreau, helping people while helping himself was a harder job to do. For Thoreau believed that the best way to be successful was to “not keep pace with his companions,” and, basically, to be Thoreau’s own person. In Walden, Thoreau asks the question “Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises?”. Thoreau, though he was a very successful man, never truly believed in the need or want to be truly remarkable. In life, Thoreau lived more for himself