Few successful people are mean, though many mean people exist. Because of our uniquely stable modern culture, zero-sum games no longer dominate. The way to success is through kindness and transcendent ideas. Here are some more reasons why mean people fail: - Being mean makes you stupid. You waste time fighting instead of growing. - Mean people can’t get the best people to work for them. - A mission of social good drives most successful startups. Mean people lack this motivation.