Got a brilliant comment you need to read. Huge realization shift for me once I saw it. In "Self-Control and Enduring Success," I wrote -
"You know, the victors – the ones who build the really enduring victories – they’re often not the most brilliant or charismatic or brave. They’re the ones who are most patient, who are most rational, who have the most self-control."
Spike Morelli replies -
"As I read that a thought formed around modern culture and patience, rationality and self-control: none of them is very glamorous. In fact you could probably go as far as saying they are stigmatized and thought of as boring. On the other end impulsiveness and ambition are associated with dynamism and I'd argue have an overall positive perception with the large crowds/new generations. I'm wondering if this is leading to larger percentages of early high achievers never reaching their true potential and therefore overall detracting from our societies."
Wow. Brilliant observation Spike. Yes, indeed. Well, I'm a fan of ambition - I define ambition as just "how much you want," and I find ambition and self-control to be totally compatible and harmonious. But impulsiveness and raw emotion and narrative and theatrics tends to be more exciting than the things that actually work for enduring success.
Indeed, how much do we lose by not building the fundamental blocks of real tangible lasting success? How much society lose?
A lot. A whole lot.
Great comment, Spike. Great observation.