As always, Neil Strauss slices to the fascinating core of popular psychology. This time, as prelude to his forthcoming book, he writes in the Wall Street Journal about positive belief and superstardom:
Before they were famous, many of the biggest pop stars in the world believed that God wanted them to be famous, that this was his plan for them, just as it was his plan for the rest of us not to be famous. Conversely, many equally talented but slightly less famous musicians I’ve interviewed felt their success was accidental or undeserved—and soon after fell out of the limelight.
Now I’m curious: how many people have such grandiose beliefs, yet still find themselves lacking. Is this kind of powerful belief and parcel of feeling accomplished?