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A lesson from Broadway

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A New York CEO offers this thought on something he loves about the theater: When actors take the stage, it’s showtime.

“These people put whatever worries they have behind them and put their soul into the job. They do this not because they are phonies; they do this because they are professionals,” he says, adding that you never hear a performer complain about a headache or an overheated room.

“When you become a CEO, remember the actors on Broadway,” he adds. “You are making a lot more money than they are. If they can go out there every night, no matter how many times they have done it before, and give it their best—so can you.”

— Adapted from Succession, Marshall Goldsmith, Harvard Business Press.

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