Anyone can succeed at nearly anything. Someone with no remarkable stock of innate aptitude, intelligence or prodigal talent could one day rise to shift the Earth on its axis as plausibly as an individual with every natural advantageous adaptation for exceptional achievement who amounts to an unremarkable, forgettable existence. We know this to be true, precisely because the length and breadth of all human endeavor has proven it time and again. Success is no lottery of capricious, chaotic luck. Concurrently, failure is not the manifestation of some sadistic, omnipotent overlord who revels in human disappointment and suffering. The former is […]

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Contrary to popular phraseology, you cannot ‘demand’ any measure of respect worth claiming. Trust is a dividend invested in and earned one act at a time. Charismatic magnates such as Richard Branson, Mark Cuban and even real estate mogul-cum-President of the United States Donald Trump accrued the powerful confidence of their peers upon foundations of both superb acumen and unmistakable panache all their own, and each paved their way one deal at a time. Those who overdraw their balance of credence among colleagues find themselves with few allies when success or failure hinges on leadership that inspires unshakable faith. Fortunately, […]

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“The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.” -Stephen McCranie Think about how many times you’ve shot a basketball at a hoop. Account for your entire lifetime – pick-up games, school teams, even practicing in your driveway. Every shot. Make a ballpark guess. Got it? Even if your resume includes an NBA playing career, your highest estimate probably amounts to fewer shots than Michael Jordan has missed. That’s what shaped him into inarguably the most successful player to ever step onto a basketball court: he recognized early that each brick he tossed up landed in the […]

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