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.|