Use the Power of a Negative Attitude to Get Ahead
The Real Truth about Success
is the culmination of ten years’ worth of interviews with more than 5,000 top performers in
their fields. During the process, Author Garrison Wynn discovered that better brains, a
positive attitude, and superior all-around quality rarely drive true success. Rather, the
most successful people in the world leverage their unique, distinctive qualities - whatever
they may be - to propel themselves to the front of the line.
This book helps you:
o Discover (or create) your own personal advantage
o Align it with the most appropriate goals
o Transition from self-knowledge to repeatable implementation
o Relentlessly put your advantage to practical use
o Bask in the sunshine of well-deserved success
All of us have a personal advantage we can use to stack the cards in our own favor. What’s
yours? High intelligence? Good looks? Likability? Great connections? (Your unfair advantage
may well be a talent for leveraging other peoples’ unfair advantage.)
The myth of positive thinking says that, to be successful, it's most important to believe
you can succeed. That sounds great - except that when you talk to people who are tremendously
successful, you learn they did more than just believe: They thought negatively. Many professionals
have reached the top of their industry because an undercurrent of their own negativity helped
them to avoid being blindsided and to prepare for circumstances that could have impeded their
progress. They looked ahead to see what problems and obstacles they'd have to kick to the curb.
As a result, they didn't hit many road blocks they hadn't anticipated or planned for.
In fact, a January 2007 study from Jing Zhou, associate professor of management at Rice
University's Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management, showed that negativity in the workplace
can be an effective catalyst for improvement and progress. Zhou suggests that managers should
think twice about viewing negativity is an undesirable trait that they should weed out of
their workforce. "A sense of dissatisfaction with the status quo, with the way things are
right now, can push people to develop ideas and find creative solutions" Zhou explained in
Aha! This explains those cranky people who tend to get under your skin because they actually
have good ideas. The study supports the idea that negative thinkers actually fare better than
optimists because they've anticipated problems, trends, and instability and are likely to plan
to move beyond those fluctuations. Rather than rely on self-assurance to carry them along
("I can do this, I can do this, I can do this!"), they acquire a little self-insurance ("I can
do this because adverse situations A, B, and C can no longer prevent me from doing it").
I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with optimism. Honestly, optimists are far more
fun to be around. I'm suggesting that the faster track to success is peppered with pessimism.
The simple truth that undercuts the power-of-positive-thinking myth is this: When it comes to
success, people who see a glass half empty are more likely to fill up the glass than people
who see it half full.
Reader Tim Johnson of Houston, Texas says, "Garrison Wynn's
The Real Truth about Success
nails it. Most books on success try to tell us how we can change to be successful. Wynn shows
us how each of us already have unique attributes that we can leverage to gain an unfair
advantage. I've never read a book on success that so clearly explains what our real assets
and advantages are, and how to use innate gifts to succeed. Kudos to Garrison. He brings out
a simple truth most of us never think about.
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