2011-07-23

Three annoying habits of successful people

The article “3 Annoying Habits of Successful People” starts by quoting Peter Drucker:
Coaches, he said, spend a lot of time teaching leaders what to do. But we don’t spend enough time teaching them what to stop.
Then it lists three annoying things that successful people tend to do:
  • They need to win all the time.
  • They try too hard to add value. [That is, they always have to contribute.]
  • They are publicly critical.
These are all signs of low self-esteem (in some part of their lives). This makes sense as the drivenness to become successful has to come from somewhere. It makes one wonder whether the right people are in power in our society. Age and wisdom have been devalued for a long time, but I think that is slowly changing. Ideally, we only would have philosopher-kings.

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