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Fame requires that you be one-dimensional

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Because a lot of people think success is being rich and famous, I have chapters on each in my Succeeding book.  But the book has 44 chapters and only two are about wealth and fame. There is a lot more to success than wealth and fame. Indeed, wealth and fame have limitations and disadvantages. But in this blog post I only want to talk about one aspect of fame. To be famous, you must be one-dimensional. Scott Adams, the Dilbert cartoonist, recently posted some comments on his blog saying Trump had some virtues. He had been making his living in part...

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Don’t draw overly firm conclusions from early success or failure

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I’m currently reading a fascinating, deep book titled The Evolution of Everything by Matt Ridley. On page 163 there is corroboration of a point I made in my book Succeeding. http://www.johntreed.com/products/succeeding I first noticed this at West Point then again at Harvard Business School and in amateur sports. Step up to the starting line at age 17 to 22 You can enter West Point at age 17 to 22. I was 17. The older guys generally did much better than we younger guys. Logical, but I did not anticipate it. I figured the older guys were just slow learners who...

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Find a way to win, not an excuse for losing

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Life is tough. We all have handicaps. The question is, “What are you going to do about your handicaps?” Too many people just whine about them. “Woe is me. I have these fourteen handicaps. No wonder I can’t get anywhere in life.” Like I said, we all have handicaps. If you focus on your handicaps, you are finding excuses for losing. Finding excuses for losing leads to losing. Finding excuses for losing is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Finding excuses for losing soothes the pain of losing, makes it easier to accept losing. You can tell that you are finding excuses for...

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The INTJ personality type and me

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The INTJ personality type Copyright 2013 John T. Reed A reader who read my article “The ‘your four best friends from high school’ market segment” and a lot of my other web articles says I am an INTJ personality type. That is one of sixteen personality types identified by the Myers-Briggs personality test. Have I taken it? Probably. I took most of that stuff and it sounds familiar. I am leery of these tests. They always seem a little off to me. Plus, I am now 67 so I sort of know the answers to what these tests are trying...

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All succeeding articles

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Fame requires that you be one-dimensional Sep 19, 2016 WSJ article is the Moneyball of basketball Apr 07, 2016 A sensible shopping list for when you become rich Business/vacation trip packing list College as your spouse hunting ground Don’t try to change your personality Find ways to win; not excuses for losing Instructions for your first convertible John T. Reed Comments on the book What You’re Really Meant To Do The INTJ personality type and me Thoughts on your health from my latest, 3rd edition of Succeeding Vehicle service check list

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