Forget about Overnight Success, Nice Guys Finish First writes Barrie Bergman
I had heard about the book Nice Guys Finish First (the one below *) here and there but let's be honest, I have not read it nor did I know much about Barrie Bergman, its author.
We do share roots in the record business except I was never more than a small fish.
What brought Barrie to my attention was his manifesto The Myth of Overnight Success (February 10) for ChangeThis.
With my European background, I think in America we sometimes want instant results where perseverance would be advisable.
Addressing The Myth, Barrie writes:
It takes time to learn your craft whether you're a musician, writer, designer, architect, entrepreneur, winemaker you name it.
Attending recent wine tastings with European producers who can trace their roots going back generations if not centuries gave me that sense of perspective. They are not stuck in their ways. They benefit from past knowledge while eager to tweak things.
Barrie's closing lines for The Myth of Overnight Success summarize it all:
Take the time to Read the rest of his manifesto.
In the course of looking at theme of Nice Guys Finish First, I read This Piece (December 09) by Tracy Staedter for Discovery. She starts with the words:
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have compiled a ton of evidence to suggest that survival of the kindest is responsible for the continuity of our species."
Fond of BBC Documentaries, check this Video where Richard Dawkins talks at selfishness versus cooperation.
(* I wrote 'the one below' regarding the 'Nice Guys Finish First' book as it seems to be a popular title from baseball to dating to innovation, a crowded field)
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