...pissed too many people off and wasn't enough of a winner to overcome that.
This Venn diagram is from a presentation by the author Neil Gaiman on how to succeed as a freelance writer, but it applies to most of the rest of the professional world too. Note that if you aren't easy to get along with but you do good work and meet deadlines, people will put up with how much of a pain you are. But if your work drops off, look out.
"Everything is very quiet, everyone has gone to sleep. I'm wide awake on memories."
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