The defeat dichotomy

Yes, we know that defeat is the opposite of victory. But in biographies, defeat is often the obstacle folks need to overcome to achieve success.

Who wants to read a story about somebody who always wins, or never faces a disappointment or dilemma?

Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin, Davy Crockett, Mark Twain, Helen Keller, Franklin Roosevelt, and Rosa Parks all lead completely different lives. But their greatness came from facing a dilemma — or a defeat — and then overcoming it.

The secret: The values most of us want to communicate are honesty, integrity, kindness, and striving to improve oneself each day. Biographies about people who overcame hardships to achieve success are the best way to communicate those values.

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Rix Quinn

Rix Quinn is a former magazine editor and now a syndicated columnist for over 100 weekly newspapers. He holds degrees from Texas Christian University and California State University.

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