Tuesday, January 6, 2009

"I coulda been a contender"

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I recently read an article in the New York Times about a behavior called "self-handicapping". My favorite quote from the article is this..."The burn of embarrassment is, in some sense, the pilot light of motivation." Interesting article--you should read it. You can find it here. Do you do this? I think a lot of us do without even realizing it. I think a lot of us do it to make the sting of failure that much more palatable. It's one thing to try very little and fail but when we try our best and fail, it really hurts.