CHAPTER 5

Remain Open to the Possibilities

Introduction

The fifth characteristic that successful people demonstrate is remaining open to what is possible. Successful people understand that life is uncertain. “Uncertainty reveals limitation and limitation signals vulnerability; it exposes our limitation of knowledge and power, and it suggests that there may be potentials within us and possibilities around us.”1 Canadian psychoanalyst and organizational consultant Elliott Jaques coined the term “midlife crisis,” in a 1965 paper.2 Jaques wrote that during this period, individuals come face-to-face with their limitations, their restricted possibilities, and their mortality. In his own midlife and beyond, however, Jaques remained opened to the possibilities ...

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