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The Psychology of Success by Judith Leary-Joyce

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BEHAVIOUR SIX

Be conscious

SERIAL ACHIEVERS ARE ALERT TO THEIR SURROUNDINGS – THEY WANT TO LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE

Simon Duffy loves to stretch himself. At school, he never felt he was particularly good at anything, yet always took the opportunity to try. Pole vault was one of his regulars. Each year on sports day he volunteered to be the house representative – no one else would do it. One year, he even got over!

He has long recognised the learning that comes from frustration. Never good at writing or explaining, he struggled to be clear in his management work, then had a realisation. ‘What I thought I was bad at is, in fact, the thing I do best. Thinking in pictures means I can conceptualise graphically, which makes it easier for a lot of people ...

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