The Gatsby Effect: How to Think Yourself Into Success

January 22, 2015 5:57 PM

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On the surface, The Great Gatsby appears to be a fatal love story in which a man spends his life acquiring riches to win the girl of his dreams. I recently watched The Great Gatsby for the first time without having read the book. I know it's crazy -- how have I not read this American classic?! Truth be told, I'm actually glad that I had no prior knowledge of the story before seeing the movie. That allowed me to watch it without tainted eyes or themes forced on me by high school professors.

Those are both abilities that no human being is born with but can develop if they so choose. I know what you're thinking... this is a fictional story and should not be applied to real life. Well, Gatsby's story is not a unique case. The story of individuals who paired determination with hard work to...

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