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Posted on November 15th, 2014 by Mark Goulston

Q: What lies beneath the fear of failure?

A: Show me someone who is afraid of failure and I’ll show you someone who is afraid of disappointing and then angering either a real parent who will react with punishment or disdainful abandonment or one they have internalized as part of their personality (that they may or may not be aware of) even after they have left childhood.  This might reinforce the wry observation by family therapist, Carl Whitaker (1912-1995) that parents only die so they can more effectively meddle in their children’s lives.

Wouldn’t you agree?

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Posted on November 13th, 2014 by Mark Goulston

Although previously published as a “Question Mark” column in Emmy Magazine, 2002, I’m republishing it now because the combination of OCD and Bipolar disorder is still prevalent in many entrepreneurs.

Editor’s Note:

When one of our regular columnists, Dr. Mark, responded to this month’s question, it occurred to us that he is not the only one who sees people with the condition he has named Obsessive Compulsive Bipolar.

We all know of people who are as difficult and exasperating as they are talented and successful. We also realized that many of us aspire to be like them. And it’s not only because they seem so powerful and important as that they seem to be personally immune to such adversity as the Writer’s Strike. They also seem to be protected from a cultural malady that torments most of us, namely feeling powerless and insignificant.

Although Dr. Mark has written in his characteristic Q & A format, check out his checklist and answer the question: “Do you know anyone who has OCB?” Most of us at EMMY magazine do.

OCB: The Condition of the Millennium is Born (This was published in 2002)
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Posted on October 24th, 2014 by Mark Goulston

Bright is turning nothing into something
Smart is turning something into everything
Brilliant = Bright + Smart

That was the genius of Steve Jobs

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Posted on October 20th, 2014 by Mark Goulston

“Just Listen” reaches #3 in 3 Kindle Business Categories and is available for $3.99 for limited time

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