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A heuristic to figure out success

Nassim Taleb writes:

A trivial and potent heuristic to figure out success: a) you are absolutely successful if and only if you don't envy anyone; b) quite successful if those you envy you don't know in person; c) miserably unsuccessful if those you envy you encounter or think about daily.

Absolute success is mostly found among ascetic persons.

Still curious? Taleb's new book, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, comes out this fall. In the meantime, if you haven't read The Black Swan then you're missing out.