Success, Happiness, & Self-Obsession

Curated by CLAI

Rat Race

Rat Race (Harvard Business Review)

3 Success Traits: (1) Superiority complex — a deep-seated belief in their exceptionality. (2) Insecurity, a feeling that you or what you’ve done is not good enough. (3) Impulse control. It’s odd to think of people feeling simultaneously superior and insecure. Yet it’s precisely this unstable combination that generates drive: a chip on the shoulder, a goading need to prove oneself. Add impulse control — the ability to resist temptation — and the result is people who systematically sacrifice present gratification in pursuit of future attainment.

Happiness v. Success: Happiness is the precursor to greater success. Every single relationship, business and educational outcome improves when the brain is positive first. Success is a result of happiness, not the other way around. And yet, so many executives work tirelessly, questing for a goal — happiness — that doesn’t come from professional achievement.

SELF-OBSESSION: Twitter is fueled by our own increasing need for attention, validation, through likes, favorites, responses, interactions. It is a feedback loop that can’t be closed, at least not for now.

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