The Anatomy of Big Success

August 19, 2014 4:04 PM

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The Anatomy of Big Success

In a recent Facebook post -- Liz Gilbert, best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love, writes: "The dog days were over, my friends. The dog days were done. It's been the happiest decade of my life, since then. Never saw it coming." Liz is referring to a time in her life when she was stuck in an unhappy marriage that left her in a constant state of panic, confusion and depression about the direction of her life. Those were her dog days.

I am on my second reading of Eat, Pray, Love, and I'm struck that her dog days were actually playing themselves out no more than 15 years ago. At the time, she was living in New York City, and she recalls that the terrible tragedy of 9/11 was an unfortunate backdrop and metaphor for her own life -- ...

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