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Personal Glory Is a Lousy Goal

“Never need praise, approval or sympathy.”
-- From "The Code of Honor" by L. Ron Hubbard

If you want to succeed, a tough, but important lesson you must learn is that seeking personal importance interferes with your success.

If your purpose is to be famous, admired or liked, your decisions will be wrong. People will not respect you. You lose money.

If admiration from others is a big source of your happiness, you become addicted to finding more and more admiration. You lose sight of goals that really matter in life.

Like any addiction, needing admiration can dominate your life. For example, you buy a car or house based on other people's likes instead of your own. You marry the wrong person because you think the marriage makes you look good.

You choose a career because it makes you popular, not because you love the work.

An Arabian proverb sums up fame in six words: “A dog barks; the caravan passes.” You might make lots of noise and get some attention, but life moves on. Why waste time and effort for a few dog barks?

It feels good to be admired. It feels satisfying to be liked. But to seek personal fame as a goal can ruin your career, your business, your family, your life.

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