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Hugely Successful

Some very successful men of business have turned out to have a number of ways of thinking and certain priorities in common. Read More

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I think that we all will be asking the same questions to ourselves one day. Suppose a man who has an ideal life. He got good grades in college, has a secured job, a lovely family, good friends and some retirements for saving. But one day, while sipping his coffee and watching news on the tv, he will be asking the same very question to himself. There will always be some moments, when we'll have to rediscover ourselves. It's a part of human nature. Along with time, our priorities changes.

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I think that we all will be asking the same questions to ourselves one day. Suppose a man who has an ideal life. He got good grades in college, has a secured job, a lovely family, good friends and some retirements for saving. But one day, while sipping his coffee and watching news on the tv, he will be asking the same very question to himself. There will always be some moments, when we'll have to rediscover ourselves. It's a part of human nature. Along with time, our priorities changes.

Do you mean to tell me that

Do you mean to tell me that this author has not met any successful business women? He only references the men that he has encountered. This article is insulting to the many hardworking and success women who work in the business world. I am disappointed that whoever edits and works at Psychology Today did not pick up on this. Shame on you.

Do you mean to tell me that

Do you mean to tell me that this author has not met any successful business women? He only references the men that he has encountered. This article is insulting to the many hardworking and successful women who work in the business world. I am disappointed that whoever edits and works at Psychology Today did not pick up on this. Shame on you.

successful women

I was afraid I was going to have to explain this. I've known some very successful women, but I was referring to about a half-dozen hugely successful patients I have known; and they were all men. I'm sure that there are women out there just as successful, but I have not met them.

"I'm sure that there are

"I'm sure that there are women out there just as successful, but I have not met them."

Hmmm...Dr., I'll laughingly ask you if you think that it's because the truly, truly, successful individuals have no need for your services and so it stands to reason that most of those individuals are women? Or is this just another example of 'correlation does not imply causation'? :0)

Hugely successful women

In the first place, these were only a few men, and so there is a certain amount of chance involved. However, I go back a long way, including a long time when being a woman was a considerable disadvantage for an entrepreneur. There were fewer such women then than there are now. But a particular, considerable disadvantage such women had--and still have, I think--is less access to capital markets. As I commented on in the post, there was a time for most of these men that they had to have access to considerable amounts of money in order to expand. Without such access, truly huge success is very difficult.

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Fredric Neuman, M.D. is the Director of the Anxiety and Phobia Center at White Plains Hospital.

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