3  How success works

As we have seen, a lot of factors contribute to long-lasting professional success which are in fact not, or not entirely, under our control. However, many aspects like the level of dedication, the level of education and the career choices we make are entirely under our control. Let’s take a closer look at what can be learned from this.

3.1 The patterns behind successful careers


Over the past 30 years, hardly anyone has changed the face of German industry more than Heinrich von Pierer. After joining Siemens in 1969, he worked his way up to the executive board in the space of 20 years. In 1992, he was appointed Chairman of the Managing Board. He was Angela Merkel’s chief economic advisor and held numerous other prominent ...

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