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The 800-Pound Gorilla

"Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility." --Peter Drucker Read More


"Fourth, to explain your own ineffectuality in a group by reference to an 800-pound gorilla who opposes you can be a rationalization. We should all consider the possibility that those who oppose us prevail not because they are powerful but because they are right. I'm not saying this is always the case, but why not consider it? Not to do so is a likely risk factor for becoming an 800-pound gorilla yourself, if you are ever given the opportunity."

You obviously like words!

But not cliches.

My new shrink prescribed me two kids books to read: "The Phantom Tollbooth" and "The Velveteen Rabbit."

Have you ever read, "The Phantom Tollbooth"? The wordplay and story theme is "Alice in Wonderland" awesome! The author takes ambiguity, metaphor, cliche, to great heights! You do too!

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Christopher Peterson was professor of psychology at the University of Michigan.


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