What happens first always appears better and more original than what comes after: If you succeed a great man or have a famous parent, you will have to accomplish double their achievements to outshine them. Do not get lost in their shadow, or stuck in a past not of your own making: Establish your own name and identity by changing course. Slay the overbearing father; disparage his legacy, and gain power by shining in your own way.
Wisdom in a nutshell:
Choose a different path and personal style if you are the daughter or son of a great person. You will forever be in your predecessor’s shadow unless you find a way to shine on your own.
Only after the father figure has been done away with will there be space to establish a new order.
Do not become complacent once you reach success and security. Prosperity makes us lazy. Writers like Tennessee Williams preferred the struggle to security; the way poverty or emotional difficulties pushed them to create good work.
When using great man’s shadow to ride to the top.
Use the great man’s method if they are wise and accepted.Beware of others below you stepping into your shoes.