Michelle Singletary
Washington Post columnist

Michelle Singletary

Her Post column, "The Color of Money," is syndicated in more than 100 newspapers; her new book, "The Power to Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom" will be available in January.

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Setting the bar high

Q: Does success breed success? Are people more likely to succeed if they wind up with a successful organization like the New York Yankees or performing beside stars such as Derek Jeter? How often does the expectation and aura of success become a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Does working for or with a successful company or colleagues help you succeed?

I think it can be a big motivator but doesn't guarantee success.

It can, in fact, be intimidating. It can create a sense of panic knowing the expectation is so high.

But one thing it has done for me, working for The Washington Post, is set the bar high. I've always liked high bars. It gives me something to reach for and that makes me want to perform better. It helps me succeed. I may reach and fall, but I'm far better off than never having tried to emulate others who do their job well.

By Michelle Singletary  |  November 5, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  | Category:  successful connections Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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How to be successful...Hmmmm. What I'd do is be fabulously wealthy and buy meself a baseball team is a major market. Then I'd go out and pay huge sums for the best players. Then I'd sit back and watch them win pretty darn often. (Surprisingly not ALL the time because there are some things you just can't buy.)

Posted by: halspencer | November 5, 2009 8:59 PM
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Of all our team sports, baseball is most about individual achievement. The lesson to learn is that having the funds to hire the best away from other teams really works in that sport. In baseball, success follows payroll much of the time.

Alas, this is not true in football much as Redskins fans wish it would.

Posted by: mgferrebee | November 5, 2009 3:16 PM
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I agree Michelle. Success does motivate, although there is no guarantee because of the people. I enjoy your posts!

Posted by: sparkwisdom | November 5, 2009 2:25 PM
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