You deserve very little credit for who you are. You deserve very little discredit for who you are.

  • Book - How to win friends and influence peopleBook - How to win friends and influence people


    author: Dale Carnegie
    title: How to win friends and influence people

    claims that the most we are is a direct result of our evnironment, upbringing, and genetics. The book argues that accepting this fact makes it easier to look at things from the perspective of others, especially ones that we dislike. Those are not troubled individuals by choice, but rather a result of the things they were exposed to.
  • This perspective is both depressing and relieving. Your success is probably not your achievement, but your lack of success is also not something you could have prevented.
  • I need to look into this viewpoint more closely. What research is there on how much agency we have in shaping our paths?