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Lexiboost: “Cupidity” Desperation is not sexy

Cupidity (n.): eager or excessive desire, especially to possess something; greed; avarice.

 cupidityWhile the word may manifest images of a cherubic angel with a heart-shaped bow, cupidity is seriously not cute. There is a fine line between ambition and cupidity. Ambition can be admirable whereas cupidity is just ugly. When drive crosses the line to desperation, there is simply nothing good at the end of the road. Whether it is finding a job, getting an agent, finishing that bestseller, or taking your business to the next level—be clear on your goals and be realistic in your expectations. There’s a reason why they call those seven sins deadly. That bow in the heart might not just tickle if the origin is cupidity.

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