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Super Me — Lesson One

Lesson one didn’t have a section on humility on understatement.

It said to have pride, be bigger than life and cast a huge shadow. (I’ve been told that I often bring with me a huge shadow, so I only have to work on the other two of the three.)

Lesson one said that I needed to share my backstory about how

closeup photo of woman wearing red cap Part 1: I had given up all hope and had fallen into a deep, perhaps suicidal, depression

Part 2: An even more terrible event happen to me

Part 3: But instead of crushing me, I drew from it a key insight

Part 4: And rallied into the success that I am now.

I’ve never shared this story before. It’s a little embarrassing.

My nemesis asteroid meteorite protection business had failed. My fellow dinosaurs were dying left and right. Some from impacts. Other freezing and starving to death. It was terrible. It was terrifying. It was awful. I felt awful. Everything was awful.

The only thing that had protected me was my top hat. I had a warehouse (actually it was a cave) filled with them, but no one wanted to buy them. I was feeling crushed, but then, then,  I realized that eventually, a new civilization would arise. A civilization with pandemics and meetings and worst of all video-conferencing. A civilization that would need hats.

The only thing that had protected me was my top hat.

I repurposed my nemesis asteroid meteorite protection hats into (much smaller physically) video-conferencing hats and patiently waited. Waited literally millennia after millennia. And ultimately became the successful business leader that I am today; successfully leading success.

And I can successfully teach you how to become a successful success by successfully teaching you the secret of success. In mere millennia you too can become a successful success.

In the meantime, while I go on to read lesson two,  would you like a hat?

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals

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