Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Power, Money, Influence, and Celebrity

I believe that these are the four basic food groups of ambition. These are not necessarily fungible, though a savvy operator can generally translate one into the other.

Power: The ability to command. The President of the United States is the most powerful person in the world (with the possible exception of Dick Cheney).

Money: The ability to buy. Bill Gates is the richest man in the world.

Influence: The ability to persuade. Peter Drucker is probably the most influential thinker in the business world.

Celebrity: Michael Jordan may be the most famous person in the world.

Each of these exemplars of their particular type possesses the other factors to a lesser extent, but their ability to exercise those factors is far more limited.

Where do you stack up?

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