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  • A friend of mine is a hyper-achiever. Anything and everything he puts his mind to he achieves. He is highly intelligent, has an analytical mind, works very hard, is focused and determined.

    He got these traits from his father. A very successful doctor - world famous, in fact. A man who has made, in his career, a number of medical breakthroughs. A specialist in his field, he has changed and pushed the boundaries of medicine, its application and its understanding.

    The one thing he never got from his father was his approval. Never, not once, did his father ever say a positive word to him or acknowledge his achievements. He yearned, all his life for his approval. Hence why, I believe, he was determined to achieve so much.

    His father was from a particular age, aloof and distant.

    Nothing came.

    My friend then decided at the age of 40 to move back to his home country and run for public office.
    He went door to door canvasing. His father walked with him. Door to door everyday. His fathers fame helped his campaign.

    On door steps he heard for the first time, in his life, his father tell complete strangers what a great son and a wonderful guy he was. He told anyone who would listen, what great qualities he had and why they should vote for him.

    It was a cathartic moment. An experience which changed and rehabilitated his relationship with his father.

    He lost the election to the incumbent.

    But, he got the one vote he craved for all his life.
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