This image evokes the hard work we put in when no one is around to be successful. It is working in solitude.  But this photograph of TW was well controversial at the time it was published just weeks after his November 2009 life crash. Taken some time before by Annie Leibovitz, the photo screamed convict, thug and a host of negative stereotypes to some. To be sure, Vanity Fair capitalized on the moment’s notoriety to run some archived photos that had just not seemed to work before but suddenly did. Still, the point was valid: there is a lot that goes on with us all in solitude that contribute, for the good or bad, to our success.  As far as this affirming some’s negative stereotypes, for most, that perspective is an unwinnable struggle that we must not allow to stifle and suffocate.

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