Is Life a Meritocracy?

“Is life a meritocracy?” Does being good at something inevitably lead to success, or is success more dependent on luck: who you know and where you are born? This question keeps me up most nights, gives me anxiety, and makes me walk around my neighborhood when everyone else is asleep.

In my latest podcast, I talk about how my father went from a penniless Greek immigrant to a wealthy pizza tycoon, why Mozart, Stan Lee, and George Lucas were born into the right place and time, and why now-famous authors like Herman Melville and John Kennedy Toole never saw success in their lifetimes. I also get into angry customers raging over the types of cheese we use and all the sneaky things indie authors resort to these days to get noticed in this overstuffed, information-polluted world.

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