It turns out that for all their diversity, the strikingly successful groups in America today share three traits that, together, propel success. The first is a superiority complex — a deep-seated belief in their exceptionality. The second appears to be the opposite — insecurity, a feeling that you or what you’ve done is not good enough. The third is impulse control.
Any individual, from any background, can have what we call this Triple Package of traits. But research shows that some groups are instilling them more frequently than others, and that they are enjoying greater success.
Did anyone else watch that Mitt Romney documentary on Netflix? I did. These two paragraphs kept popping up in my head while watching it.
I’ve always admired this vice control that’s prevalent in mormons. There’s a scene where the Romneys are going over pros and cons of Mitt running for president, and they bring up something like “God is giving you this opportunity, it would be a shame not to take it.” Mitt compares himself to his dad, citing his dad’s accomplishments to create wealth from nothing – and how that enabled Mitt to START from wealth. Mitt wants to travel just as far, if not more, than his dad did.
After he loses the republican nomination to McCain in 2008, while the people surrounding him say that everyone else is wrong, that McCain is a bad choice, Mitt swallows his pride and admits “[McCain] ran a better campaign.”
All three of those traits are there.