Robert Winner


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Author and Yale law professor Amy Chua’s new book, ‘The Triple Package,’ lists eight cultural groups that are most prone to success.

Chua, a law professor at Yale University, and her husband, co-author Jed Rubenfeld, list these groups as the most likely to succeed in America: Jewish, Indian, Chinese, Iranian, Lebanese-Americans, Nigerians, Cuban exiles and Mormons.

Chua and Rubenfeld explain that the “cultural groups” have three traits in common, the so-called “triple package”: a superiority complex, insecurity and impulse control.

What are your thoughts on the triple package theory? Would this be true in places other than America? If not ... why only in America?

  • Jan 14 2014: It is interesting they said Chinese rather than Asian. I wonder about that. I would say the traits common to successful are: emphasis of education, conformity (do not get into trouble), work ethics, family centered, and if there is a problem let the parent handle it.

    It works in America because the society values success over other things. Some society also has this value but other places more emphasis on form than substance and success.
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    Jan 17 2014: A list of successful people - Nobel Prize laureates, artists, writers, athletes, and leaders of industry, finance, and government - indicating their ethnicity and religion would prove if Ms. Chua and her husband are right.
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    Jan 16 2014: Haven't read that book. Would be curious to know how the" triple package "works.
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      Jan 16 2014: Amily, The article stated that these are traits "common" to these groups. I do not see them work as a package. I do see how if examined individually they could be contributors to success. I am sure there is much more to be considered.

      Perhaps the "triple Package" is a come on to get you to buy the book ... It is a good hook.

      Thanks for the reply. Bob.
  • Jan 10 2014: :-) I think maybe an agreed-to definition of SUCCESS may be in order. I can't help but question beliefs.......whether individually held beliefs or collective beliefs.
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      Jan 12 2014: What the article says is the measurement of income, wealth and business smarts... So just the standard outdated and harmful definition of success.
      • Jan 12 2014: Ahhhhh. THAT game :-)
        Prevailing belief