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The stories we tell ourselves frame how we view the world, our place in it and how we respond to it. I call this internal viewpoint our myths, our prisms that interpret the world. The myths we create for ourselves have a profound impact on our ability to recognize and respond to change. The prism through which we see the world is formed for each of us, not surprisingly, during our formative years.

For example, the children of the Great Depression were adults in the boom years of the 1950s, but they never took prosperity for granted and made decisions based on that view. The children of the depression could never have been the free spenders of the 1980s and 1990s.

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