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The Self-Made Myth by Mike Lapham, Brian Miller

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CHAPTER 3The Built-Together Reality of Individual Success

Roots of the Built-Together Reality

Is there an alternative to the self-made myth? Is there a more balanced narrative that honors the role of the individual while revealing a more accurate picture of the other factors of individual success? Yes. In our interviews and conversations with business leaders, entrepreneurs, and other high-wealth individuals, a more complex and honest story takes shape, what we call the built-together reality.

The understanding of our interconnectedness is deeply rooted in our society. Early in human history, people began to organize communities for mutual protection and shared well-being. From early Colonial pacts to the US Constitution, Americans have similarly ...

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