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“Winnie the Pooh” creator A. A. Milne also wrote serious works of fiction. Yet, his greatest success came from the Pooh books he wrote for his son. Milne considered himself a failure because he didn’t achieve fame the way he wanted.
As a child, Morey Amsterdam, the comedian who played Buddy Sorrell on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” wanted to be a classical cellist. But when he appeared on stage, people laughed so hard that he became a comedian, instead. He had the sense to go with the feedback he heard.
Lesson: Feedback often reveals strengths that we have a hard time seeing in ourselves.
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