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Siblings as teachers

A successful sibling can teach you lots of things, such as how to set goals and accomplish them as well as how to conduct yourself.

By Tom Heath | November 10, 2009; 05:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Creating momentum

When one person achieves goals or lives a dream, it creates the space and contributes to the momentum for other people to do the same.

By Jeanine Cogan | November 10, 2009; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

The self-secure applaud others

A well-balanced and self-secure person who is comfortable in his or own skin will cheer the success of others, including siblings.

By Fred Malek | November 10, 2009; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Proud to share

My brother, sister and I are all equally proud of each other's accomplishments and aren't afraid to brag about each other's accomplishments.

By Susan Lacz | November 9, 2009; 05:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Competition starts early

The opportunities for siblings to affect one another in both positive and negative ways are great. Healthy competition between siblings can be harmless and a source of motivation.

By Celeste Owens | November 9, 2009; 01:55 PM ET | Comments (2)

Find your own path

If you step out of the shadow and find your own way, a successful sibling is merely someone on another path, someone to celebrate in his/her own right, but not someone in competition with you.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | November 9, 2009; 01:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Climb your own mountain

If success means being measured by the same metrics as a very successful brother or sister, I believe history would suggest it is a major curse.

By Russ Ramsey | November 9, 2009; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's so relative ...

Parents have immense influence on the ability of siblings to cope with the inevitable unequal distribution of success. Parents who repeatedly praise one child's success while implying that other children are slackers can be responsible for years of therapy bills, to say nothing of countless unpleasant holiday dinners.

By Patricia McGuire | November 9, 2009; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

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