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Pythagoras’s theory on worthwhile people

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Pythagoras of Samos, who lived in the sixth century B.C., is best remembered for his pioneering studies of the geometry of triangles. He is less well known for his three-part assessment of people, based on his observations of the people who came to Athens to watch the Olympic games.

Here’s what he observed:
  • The lowest kind of people were the lovers of gain who came only to buy and sell things.
  • The middle kind of people were the lovers of honor who came to compete.
  • The highest people were the lovers of wisdom who came to observe and learn.
Note that Pythagoras put observers above competitors. In modern organizations, people who both observe and compete are those who rise to the top.

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