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Links 1 through 10 of 25 by Angela Alcorn tagged success

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Jo Parfitt - "As I write this, my messy desk is groaning under piles of paper. My computer screen is necklaced with Post-It notes. It is raining outside. I am hungry. I spent a whole day out with a friend and now have to cram an entire working day, a blog post and this article into one remaining hour before supper. I have no idea if this piece will be any good or not. I have tried to focus, but then I did have so much I could have said. But, the thing is, I wrote it. And then I pressed SEND."

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"What Turned It All Around For Me: It was a folded hundred dollar bill! I looked at it in disbelief, thinking that somehow it must be a fake. This was a turning point for me. I was able to rent a Post Office Box, buy a tarp to sleep on, buy showers at the truck stop, and clothes from a thrift store. I had an address to put on job applications and I could stay clean and well-dressed. I was then able to get a regular job, ten days after finding the money. "

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"He taught me 'the standard pace is for chumps' - that the system is designed so anyone can keep up. If you're more driven than 'just anyone' - you can do so much more than anyone expects. And this applies to ALL of life - not just school.

Then, as he suggested, I bought the course materials for other required classes and taught myself, doing the homework on my own time, then went to the department head and took the final exam, getting full credit for the course."

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"Smart people often struggle to “succeed” in the normal sense, because they’re players in a game they were never truly designed to play. They will often be out of place, and it’s no wonder that smart people fail. To succeed, you must recognize the pervasive truth in the phrase, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” In mainstream life, you have to (at least initially) do mainstream things in order to get ahead, to succeed. You have to play the game. But it’s much more optimistic than that: you’re smarter than they are. You can beat them. You just have to learn the rules and feel the ropes. After that, they don’t even stand a chance. Then, after you’ve done all that, once you’ve succeeded, at least in the arenas of security, personal finances and a few others, you can get back to your own thing."

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