The final curtain

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Richard Burton was born in a small village in South Wales, the son of a coal miner. From these humble beginnings, he rose to the highest pinnacles of fame. In a career spanning just over 30 years, he conquered all the main centres of the theatre and cinema world—the Old Vic in London, Stratford upon Avon, Hollywood and Broadway.

Aiming directly at the target

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The American writer, Charles Garfield, who has made a thorough, psychological study of peak-achievement, says that ‘in a study of 90 leaders in business, politics, sports and arts, many spoke of ‘false starts’ but never of ‘failure.’ Disappointment spurs greater resolve, growth or change. Moreover, no matter how rough things get, super-achievers always feel there are other avenues they can explore. They always have another idea to test.’ (Readers’ Digest, October 1986)