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I'm losing my edge to the kids from France and from London.

It doesn’t matter how many goals I achieve, I never feel good about myself. It’s really beginning to be a real drag. It’s even starting to keep me up at night. I sit up in bed thinking about how much of a loser I am all night long. It’s really insane. How do you feel like a success? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2009 - 35 answers

Tell me why my worth isn't attached to my achievements.

CBT Related: How do you convince yourself that your personal worth is not contingent on achievement and success? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2009 - 21 answers

Doing well at a job I'm overqualified for

What can I do to thrive and forward my career in a job I am overqualified for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2009 - 9 answers

Enough about me, what about you?

How can I stop feeling bad for myself when something good happens to one of my friends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2009 - 25 answers

Success after failure; after 40

Has anyone made a significant financial comeback after 40? [more inside]
posted by FazioGazebo on Jun 13, 2009 - 19 answers

Who said this Swiftian quote?

"How can you say I am not a success? I have not been eaten and I have not failed to eat" (or words to that effect). Trying to find the source of this quote. I was thinking maybe Jonathan Swift, but my google-fu is failing me.
posted by telstar on Jun 1, 2009 - 5 answers

What's the best advice you have regarding successful marriage/ divorce prevention?

What's your best advice for preventing divorce- starting before you even decide to get married? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2009 - 55 answers

I think I can, I think I can...

You know the feeling you get when you succeed at something you initially thought you weren't capable of? I want to feel that way more often. What things, big or small, do you do in your life which give you the joy of proving your inner pessimist wrong?
posted by embrangled on May 11, 2009 - 49 answers

How to bounce back from Epic Fail?

How do you bounce back after taking a high risk opportunity that flops? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2009 - 20 answers

Tattoo to reward a long, hard, but worth every minute, journey!

Ideas for evidence of my success as new ink! I just successfully completed another huge milestone in my nursing career. This road has been very long and stressful, to date the hardest thing I've ever done. It is also by far the one thing that I cannot get enough of. I love what I do, I love being a nurse and I love learning. I have several tattoos already, but this one is more of a reward and a reminder of my love for nursing and the hard work it took to get here. [more inside]
posted by kgreerRN on Apr 6, 2009 - 15 answers

How much would you give up starting your own business?

How much would you give up starting your own business? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2009 - 7 answers

Quit signing me out, Google!

Every time I close my browser (Firefox) Google signs me out. How can I stay signed in? It's very annoying. Googling has not returned an answer to the question.
posted by wsg on Feb 21, 2009 - 24 answers

Has anyone ever truly lost weight and kept it off?

What kind of hope is there for the average person to lose weight and keep it off when someone like Oprah who has personal trainers and personal nutritionists and personal chefs and personal minders and more money than God can't manage to do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2008 - 74 answers

Do lazy people change?

Do you know of anyone, yourself included, who has actually made significant positive in terms of optimism, discipline, and ambition? How did this happen? [more inside]
posted by mjewkes on Oct 27, 2008 - 13 answers

What is the quote regarding someone's unavoidable career path in music?

Looking for a quote where a rock star(?) says that he became a musician because he couldn't do anything else. Or wasn't good at anything else. Or had no other option/choice. Or something to that effect. Help?
posted by unknowncommand on Sep 9, 2008 - 22 answers

Need some oral fixation!

I need to stay on a quite impressive roll of having given up a long held vice. Could you all please assist in this effort? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by repoman on Jul 11, 2008 - 38 answers

Smallish cities and ambition - can it happen?

Are there any small or medium sized cites that are producing a disproportionate number of famous, ambitious, or motivated people? [more inside]
posted by brandnew on May 29, 2008 - 53 answers

What books should I read if I want to be successful?

What books should I read if I want to be successful? [more inside]
posted by wireless on Apr 19, 2008 - 23 answers

Fall down seven times, get up eight.

I'm looking for really terrible creative works made by well-regarded artists. For example, Picasso's secret crappy drawings, or John Coltrane playing out of tune. I welcome examples from all creative pursuits from all eras: literature, music, art, dance, theatre, film, architecture, graphic design, etc. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 4, 2008 - 41 answers

Writers who became famous by leveraging the internet?

I'm looking for names of writers that rose from obscurity to commercial/critical success from using the internet. Know of any? [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee on Feb 25, 2008 - 36 answers

RoleModelFilter

Help a friend of mine find examples of young women who've done extraordinary things? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Dec 30, 2007 - 22 answers

Maximising my chances of success getting to top consulting company?

I have a year before I am eligible to work for a big consulting company. What should I do during this year to maximise my chances of success, or bump up starting salary? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Nov 30, 2007 - 10 answers

Failed School, Succeeded Life

Who in history (or in your life) has flunked/failed in school or university, but has gone on to great success? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 15, 2007 - 46 answers

Working 9 to 9.05, what a way to make a living.

I find it nearly impossible to do any real work, unless I happen to feel like it. But I don't want to end up drifting through life, settling for mediocrity. If you managed to get your act together and are now able work hard on things you aren't interested in, as we all should be able to do from time to time, then my question is: how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2007 - 26 answers

Any Advice?

Recently, quite out of the blue, I've become uncharacteristically obsessed with success. What's going on and how can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 29, 2007 - 10 answers

How do I lose my sense of entitlement?

How do I lose my sense of entitlement? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on May 18, 2007 - 26 answers

Overcoming fear of success.

Overcoming fear of success. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2007 - 13 answers

The Secret To Your Success

For the wildly successful, or friends of the wildly successful, what sets you/them apart from the rest of the herd? [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Apr 19, 2007 - 30 answers

To err is human

What are some of the ways I can use to fight my enormous fear of failure? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Mar 22, 2007 - 34 answers

Inspirational Stories of Success After 40

I am looking for stories of inspirational people (names, URLs or in-thread) who overcame adversities to become successful after the age of 40. They could have become wildly successful, or perhaps just financially independent and can be famous or not-famous, perhaps even yourself or a relative. I've gone through an arduous career change and am starting my own business in my late 30s from basically nothing. I realize I'm still quite young, but it is so easy to feel late to the game when so many of my peers are established and successful. I'm really needing some inspiration right now. Thank you very much in advance for your answers.
posted by PigAlien on Jan 17, 2007 - 24 answers

Over-achievement, meh.

How do I stop being an over-achiever? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2006 - 19 answers

You will never succeed in life... ?

I have found that when you are motivated to something unusual or difficult people dont hesitate to tell you how flawed your dream is, and why you will never and cannot physically succeed. Sometimes, these thoughts creep into my head, which I would like to combat, thus my question. I need quotes or excerpts about people who claimed someone famous in history would never succeed, who ended up making themselves look rather foolish when that person did infact succeed. (examples inside) [more inside]
posted by JokingClown on Nov 2, 2006 - 34 answers

Need "going-back-to-basics" success stories

I'm looking for real-life examples of coaches, business people, athletes or teams who experienced great success when they went back to the basics/fundamentals. [more inside]
posted by rinkjustice on Aug 8, 2006 - 14 answers

Pesonal Development Sites?

I want to compile a list of personal development and productivity sites. (Most are probably weblog-based, but that's not a requirement.) I'm looking for sites with real, practical information that you can use in your everyday life, sites that motivate you to be a better person, to try new things. Examples: 43 Folders, Steve Pavlina. Please point me to your favorites!
posted by jdroth on Jul 7, 2006 - 13 answers

How come I never feel successful?

How come I never feel successful, only jealous? [more inside]
posted by captainscared on Aug 15, 2005 - 23 answers

Making Money at Music

MusicianFilter: The other day, a buddy of mine and I were having a bizarre conversation about musicians and perceived success. We started joking around, supposing that, say, En Esch from KMFDM/Slick Idiot really works at Kinko's in Joliet, using the assumed name "Benny." But that got us thinking - at what point are (established/presumably successful) recording artists able to move from their day jobs into full-time musician mode? Or what happens when they move back? And, additionally, if they are still pulling down day jobs, what are some good examples (apart from session musician, studio tech, etc)?
posted by kuperman on Feb 3, 2005 - 26 answers

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