Fred Malek
Investor, adviser

Fred Malek

Founder and chairman of Thayer Capital Partners, and former adviser in various areas to four U.S. presidents -- Richard M. Nixon, Grald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.


The self-secure applaud others

Q: Is the success of a sibling a blessing or a curse? Last week Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo acknowledged that it hasn't been easy to be the half brother of President Barack Obama. How difficult is it to live with the success of a brother or a sister, even if they aren't famous?

The answer to this question depends largely on one's sense of self-worth and security.

A well-balanced person takes satisfaction in his or her own achievements and is not constantly making comparisons with others. If you are not entirely comfortable with who you are and what you have accomplished, a successful sibling can be a nightmare.

On the other hand, a well-balanced and self-secure person who is comfortable in his or own skin will cheer the success of others, including siblings. For these fortunate people, sibling success will be a source of pride and satisfaction.

By Fred Malek  |  November 10, 2009; 9:32 AM ET  | Category:  shadow of success Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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