Saturday, 23 July 2011

Ideas that work and ideas that don't (Part 8 of 9)

[5] The idea that, if you have not already attained success, you'd better give up because you have no chance:

Despite the fact that extraordinary achievements are reported daily by newspapers, few people possess the strength of character to encourage friends and neighbours to pursue challenging goals.

Psychologically, watching the outstanding performance of athletes on television is less menacing that seeing a friend start up a business; praising the latest film of our favourite actor feels less threatening than supporting our spouse's dream to become a novelist.

We do not mind being surpassed by those we have never met, but we dread the idea that someone close to us might grow faster than ourselves.

To be continued in the next post.


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