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    gravlax, Catte Nappe, elwior

    I see all the time, this idea of people who are overly driven to just "win".  Like a bad Charlie Sheen joke.  They think that winning reflects on them positively, even if they had to "lie, cheat and steal" to do it.  The ends justify the means, in their mind.  

    In the business world, these people seem to think of themselves as superior - smarter, harder working,  more "deserving"- for no reason other than they are where they are.  If they are CEO, they DESERVE to be CEO.  They earned it through hard work, etc.  They won't ever mention lying, cheating or stealing, unless they write it off as just corporate culture and "wanting it more".

    But business rewards these people not because they work harder, but because there is more profit to be made from decisions that say, "F other people".  Think of big business attitudes towards monopolies, price gouging, deceptive marketing or marketing to kids, controlling government via lobbying, the environment, etc.  All these things would be destroyed for personal profit if not for strict regulations.

    I remember a friend of mine knew a local judge.  The judge once said that she has seen people who come through the court system, who are psychopaths, and she has also met through her personal life CEOs who she felt were no different in personality or attitude or beliefs.  They just had a more socially acceptable outlet.

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