Understanding the Character of Success

Today, global competition and automation threaten the livelihoods of Americans more than ever. At the same time, the gulf between the "successful" and "unsuccessful" grows, whether measured in terms of income, wealth, or happiness. Ironically, a growing body of evidence supports the view that success depends crucially on the behaviors and traits we traditionally refer to as "character." This raises important questions for individuals, policymakers, and businesses: What are the implications of the current trends in the American character? How does pragmatic "performance.....

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