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X Factor

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

HELEN KELLER

Getting Fired Is Not the Worst Thing

When Doug Conant who later became CEO of Campbell Soup Company was a young executive in his mid-thirties, the division he was working for was spun off. “The new owners came in and decided to eliminate layers of management. In no time I had lost my job. It was an incredibly humbling experience. I was fired in an awkward way. I was devastated and I was bitter … I went home to my wife, my two small children, and my one very large mortgage feeling every bit the victim.”

Conant was not the type to give up easily. “I’ve ...

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