Being No. 101

What kind of person just missed the cut?

If you're like me, which is to say ridiculously egotistical, you look at lists like the TIME 100 and wonder, Where do I fit in? Just how much did I miss by? Am I somewhere in the top 1 billion, or am I down around Dennis Kucinich?

But wouldn't it be worse to find out that you were 101, the person who just missed being recognized as one of the 100 most powerful and influential people on Earth? Wouldn't that haunt you for the rest of your life, knowing that if you had just not slept in that one morning...

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