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Act I: The Discovery of Conflict Invigoration

I recently discovered a phenomenon common among many highly successful people. I'm calling it "conflict invigoration" - this is a personality trait, a mixed blessing and curse. It's the kind of person who can move heaven and earth when inspired, but doesn't do as well when they aren't... and who is always invigorated by a fight.

I first noticed conflict invigoration among a number of the most successful people I knew personally. See, I don't think this is an entirely new observation, but a lot of the people that reach stratospheric levels of success are kind of deranged. You almost have to be, to keep going after you've "won" by every conceivable measure, to work yourself to the bone at the expense of your sanity and longevity and vitality, to neglect so many of the basic human needs and pleasures and comforts.

I saw this trait in lots of successful people, and then I started paying attention to biographies and histories. Indeed, many of the most expansive people in our generation and previous ones are conflict invigorated - they've perhaps always got a baseline of creativity and striving, but it really comes out when a fight breaks out.

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Late night. I had a dinner date with a dame named alcohol. She showed up late as usual. Cold. Wet. And never disappointing like the girls of Fountain Square. No matter how much I resist she keeps bringing me back to the same dark place I've grown to love. I'm in torment.

My phone rings off the hook. When I go to answer it I see that an ex lover is on the other end. She has been a thorn in my side ever since we parted and no tweezers are enough to dig it out. Somehow I find myself engaged in this weekly conversation. She tells me the things that I've already heard and asks the questions that she already knows the answer to. By the time we are finished I find myself calling out to the same lady that never disappoints. She never yells at me. I never have to yell at her. True love incarnate.

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