In praise of chippiness
An inferiority complex can drive great feats, from the sack of Rome to Brexit. "I don't write any of this with analytic distance. It was chippiness that pushed me as a younger person and the gradual loss of it that promises to slow me down. In a sense, the improvement of my character is deleterious for my career." In the Financial Times, Janan Ganesh shares his ode to what the English call 'chippiness'.
From Financial Times