Addicts Are Superhuman

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About Tom Matlack

Tom Matlack is the co-founder of The Good Men Project. He has a 18-year-old daughter and 16- and 7-year-old sons. His wife, Elena, is the love of his life. Follow him on Twitter @TMatlack.

Comments

  1. This is a really interesting perspective on addiction. Read “Mastery”, by Robert Green.

  2. I’ve always tried to explain to people that I’m inherently lazy, but they see my accomplishments and assume I’m not. This really explains me so very well. Thanks for sharing your insights, they make me feel less alone.

  3. Dina Strange says:

    yeah. you just described myself. bursts of focus and then slugdom…

  4. I’m not totally convinced.. Will have to read the original article. It seems like selection bias is hard at work here.
    Matlack took greater risk, and had great success.
    Ascribing your success to ‘taking risks’ is essentially the same as saying you had ‘guts’ to try, and then you got lucky, because there is a very large cemetery of other risk takers (addicts perhaps) who did not get lucky, and hence they didn’t get to write this article, and hence you have never heard of them.
    Risk taking is a factor, that’s all.

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