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What Makes Great Leaders Great: Management Lessons from Icons Who Changed the World by Frank Arnold

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CHAPTER 46

Be Demanding of Yourself and Strive for Perfection

LEARNING FROM

Giuseppe Verdi

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How can you stand a good chance of achieving something truly remarkable in your life? Devote yourself body and soul to just one thing. Be as demanding of yourself as you can be, and never stop striving for perfection. One frequent characteristic of exceptionally successful people is that they are very tough on themselves. They never tire of raising the bar ever higher; they focus on reacting to constant social, economic, and technological changes; and they continue developing throughout their life.

Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) provides a wonderful example ...

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