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Good times ahead.



Type A people only exit if there is a Type B. More control-oriented people only exist relative to less control-oriented people, or light beer to dark, tall people to short, etc.

In 1950's when the phrase 'type A' was first coined by cardiologists to predict coronary heart disease, (perhaps funded by the tobacco industry in an attempt redirect the spotlight of the ill effects of smoking), it was a breakthrough idea. Basically it codified the obvious fact that some middle-aged men are more stressed about winning and controlling than others, but both enjoy achievement in the long run. Just as light beer to dark, tall people to short, both enjoy achievement in their own way.

What happened to that last line in our discussion of today's success, "both enjoy achievement in their own way." Out of control people in history seem to only get credit when they return to control, and yet much of our civilizations success is rooted in people capable of staying calm even when they were not in complete control.

It's even hard to explain this concept because it too is an idea that seems a bit out of control. Very few people reading this probably remember studying the specific relationship between out-of-control and success, because, for the most part we tend to rush towards studying the more concrete counterpart that is the relationship between to control and success. What we lose in this hurry to study 'control' from one side is the importance of all the people and 'failed' projects on the other side that made side one possible.

Think about B-side tracks.

Is it possible to train Type A people to stress out about not failing enough, and would the effect be the same?

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