The Slacker's Tale
You've seen them in action: the celebrities who, when asked to describe their rise to success, suddenly get very cryptic.
"I was working in a video store and was always talking to my friends and going to drive-in movies and then a couple of years later I directed my first successful film."
Oh, really? I'm sure that happens all the time.
Even worse are the writers who claim to have been downing a couple of bottles of bourbon a day and snorting coke while writing beautiful prose. Put that down as a work of fiction.
It is as if these individuals intentionally make the achievement process seem easier than it had to have been. This bent goes against the Horatio Alger stories of pluck and determination in which hard work eventually paid off. These are slackers' tales of achievement and - although no doubt some folks occasionally get unbelievable breaks - such stories of things just falling into place ring false. These celebrities may look like bohemians, but I suspect that there is much more hard and smart work behind their achievements than they let on.
It says something about our society that such tales of achievement are self-edited to leave out the struggles.