Seth Kahan
Author, consultant

Seth Kahan

Change expert and author who has advised executives in 50-plus organizations, including Shell, World Bank, Peace Corps and NASA. He can be reached at


Following your heart

strong>Q: Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he won't run for re-election, raising the possibility that his family's political dynasty has come to an end. To what degree do family connections and famous names fuel success? By giving up his political power and status as keeper of the Kennedy legacy, is Patrick Kennedy letting down his family and followers?

Connections and famous names are money in the bank when it comes to investing in your success. That said, there is no end of poorly planned investments that quickly vaporize. Just as a financial investor must have a sound strategy, a celebrity who wants to parlay his or her name must have a good game plan.

Is Patrick Kennedy letting down followers? Maybe, but so what? In this country we believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and that is Patrick's right as much as it is yours.

The odds of being successful can be correlated to the freedom you have to author your actions, mastery over your own efforts, drive, and real talent. If Patrick is picking a different path, then may the wind be at his back. If Rhode Islanders are smart, they'll look for someone who wants to represent them in the House, someone who is burning with fire, determination, and capacity.

By Seth Kahan  |  February 18, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  | Category:  Sustaining success Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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