Winner Takes All: Exceptional People Teach Us How to Find Career and Personal Success in the 21st Century

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CHAPTER NINE
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Once a Winner, Always a Winner?

A year and a half after Paul, May, Kathy, and Jim had completed their sessions with me, I invited each of them to come to my office for a follow-up session. I was curious. How had their lives unfolded? Had they been able to transform their Dreams into successful realities? How did their Futures appear to them now?

I started with the question: "What's going on with you now? Where are you in your life relative to where you wanted to be?"


PAUL

"Where am I in my life?" Paul repeated my question to him, as he sat, musing. "A heck of a lot better off than I was a year ago, that's for sure. One of my consulting clients turned into a 'full-time part-time' job. A young company on its way up -- I just love working with them. They're growing by leaps and bounds, and my experience really helps them manage their growth so it doesn't overwhelm them. That's very rewarding. And that job pays the mortgage and the basics. Then I have freelance clients, clients that come and go as I do projects for them." "You've done a terrific job of turning your life around positively," I said, pleased for Paul and his obvious success.

He nodded, acknowledging my praise. "My wife's happy about it too, Dr. Noelle. You remember how I was worried she wouldn't like my doing

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