I just finished reading this piece of sh..article and I’m wondering who writes this kind of stuff? Or even worse, who takes this kind of stuff seriously?
The first thing that annoys me about this article is that the actual question is hidden between a lot of meaningless text. To make it more simple for you, the magic question is:
“Can you give me the names of four people whose careers you have fundamentally improved?”
This questions should help you distinguish between takers (bad people) and givers (good people). Studies showed that when you ask this question people can’t lie! Why? Well, because of the magic! Anyways, in the brilliant mind of the author there are exactly two possible answers to this question:
“The takers will give you the names of four people who have more influence than they do. ”
“The givers, on the other hand, will give you the names of four people you’ve likely never heard of.”
Something must be wrong here! Just like that, I have another answer: No sir, I can’t give you the names of four people whose careers I influenced because I am not an arrogant bastard. I prefer to let people speak about how I influenced them, IF I influenced them. Also, the fact that you think you can read my personality with a single magical question is really naive and somewhat offensive.
Also, I hope you noticed the magic number four! It is known that during your career you can influence exactly four people, not more, not less!