Where’s the Best Place for a Con to Hide?

“There is something about yourself that you don’t know. Something that you will deny even exists until it’s too late to do anything about it. It’s the only reason you get up in the morning. The only reason you suffer the shitty boss. The blood, sweat, and the tears. This is because you want people to know how good, attractive, generous, funny, wild, and clever you really are. Fear or revere me, but please think I’m special. We share an addiction. We’re approval junkies. We’re all in it for the slap on the back and the gold watch, the hip, hip, hoo-fucking-rah. Look at the clever boy with the badge, polishing his trophy. Shine on, you crazy diamond, because we’re just monkeys wrapped in suits, begging for the approval of others. If we knew this, we wouldn’t do this. Someone is hiding it from us, and if you had a second chance you would ask, why?” – Jake Green, Revolver. Continue reading

What Can Academics and Millionaires Teach Us About Failure?

Recently, an academic by the name of Johannes Haushofer received worldwide kudos for publishing online his “CV of failures”. A professor at Princeton who teaches psychology and public affairs, Haushofer’s CV includes degree programs he didn’t get into, research funding he didn’t receive and paper rejections from academic journals.

Haushofer first wrote the CV of his failures after a friend had a professional setback, and he wanted to show support. After receiving a positive response from his friend, he thought it would be useful to make the CV public. Read More