Rules of Ascendancy: Don't Have an End Goal

I’m going to describe three types of people.  I call them average, elite, and ascendant.  One of the differences between the three is how they approach goals and getting what they want. The goal of goals Average people don't like concrete goals because there is a risk of failure.  Average people…


Rules of Ascendancy: Never Be Surprised by a Blind Review

I'm going to describe three types of people.  I call them average, elite, and ascendant.  One of the differences between the three is how they approach performance reviews. The dreaded performance review A lot of companies and organizations have annual performance reviews where employees submit…


Rules of Ascendancy: Drama is the Enemy of Progress

I'm going to describe three types of people.  I call them average, elite, and ascendant.  One of the differences between the three is how they approach drama. Average drama Average people love drama.  It's a distraction from the boredom of daily life.  Average people enjoy drama in a self-aware…


Rules of Ascendancy: Know When to Play the Game

I'm going to describe three types of people.  I call them average, elite, and ascendant.  One of the differences between the three is how they approach games. What are games? Games are everywhere.  Every social setting and institution is made of games, mostly unwritten, that govern success and…


Rules of Ascendancy: Learn to the Task, Not the Test

I'm going to describe three types of people.  I call them average, elite, and ascendant.  One of the differences between the three is how they approach learning. Pain, prestige, or purpose? Average people learn what they need to avoid pain.  Elite people learn what they need to get the grade, ace…


Rules of Ascendancy: What it Means to Ascend

I’m going to describe three types of people.  I call them average, elite, and ascendant.  Average is good.  It's not a bad thing to be average.  It won't ruin you and you can have a good life.  Elite is great.  You can do things few do and achieve a lot, including a place in history.  Ascendancy is…