BEWARE of THIS Danger that Comes with Success
“You can never get complacent because a loss is always around the corner. It’s in any game that you’re in – a business, game, or whatever – you can’t get complacent.” ~ Venus Williams
Nothing Fails Like Success by Ria Story
It’s one of the greatest dangers success in life brings – complacency. Why? Because to become complacent means we quit striving for improvement, for growth, and for something better. Unfortunately, the risk of complacency rises with each level of success, personally and professionally.
We see it in sports teams, who come off a big win and simply don’t put the same effort into winning the next game. We see it in companies that experience huge profits and expansions, then fail just a few years later, unable to sustain the growth. We see it in people who get promoted to a great job but fail to develop their skills enough to keep the job. Success is everywhere – and many times, it leads to failure because the individual, team, or organization becomes complacent.
Success often quickly leads to failure.
Complacency happens to organizations, companies, and teams because it happens to individuals. When we reach a goal, individually or collectively, we feel entitled to the rewards, including the right to rest on our laurels. The successful person “has arrived,” and the temptation to enjoy what was earned, to rest, and to coast lurks just around the corner.
Past accomplishments should bring confidence, but all too often, they bring arrogance instead, causing pride. As you may know, “pride comes before a fall.”
Successful people may forget what it means to be hungry, and someone who isn’t hungry won’t fight as hard. Someone who isn’t hungry won’t be willing to sacrifice. Someone who isn’t hungry won’t give up in order to grow up.
Danny Miller talked about this in his book, The Icarus Paradox, where he discussed how corporate success often leads to corporate failure.
The problem with success and why it’s often the precursor to downfall is because success often doesn’t teach us anything. Success today is one of the biggest threats to future success because we don’t learn as much from it. We can learn so much more from our mistakes, or our so-called “failures,” and the lessons they teach us.
We learn more from the lessons of failure because they teach us principles. Success doesn’t teach us what NOT to do, it teaches us what we did right at the time. That’s a practice.
When we learn what worked once, we are learning exactly that – what worked once. It doesn’t guarantee what worked once will work again, or in the future, or when some of the variables change. And, they will change.
What is required to become successful is not what is required to remain successful.
In order to remain successful, there must be continued effort and improvement because change is going to happen, sooner or later, for better or worse.
The status quo in life is constant change. Children grow up, friends move away, jobs change, and people get divorced. As Benjamin Franklin famously said, “In this world, nothing can be certain, except death and taxes.”
We know change is certain. Because change is coming, we know if we don’t change too, success will certainly end in failure because nothing fails like success. Nothing fails like trying to stay exactly the same and not responding to the changes around you. Nothing fails like trying to remain the same in a changing world.
Complacency may be easy but it’s fatal to long term success.
“I will not allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure.” ~ Og Mandino
Note: You and/or your team can join me and Ria on August 29th, 2018 (rescheduled was April 26th) in Carrollton, GA (near Atlanta) for a full day of leadership development and personal growth. The first half of the day, we will speak on Ria’s book, Leadership Gems: 30 Characteristics of Very Successful Leaders, where we will focus on 30 character traits that high impact leaders intentionally leverage to increase their influence with or without a position of authority. The second half of the day, we will speak on our book, Change Happens: Leading Yourself and Others through Change, where we will focus on helping you learn to intentionally and proactively support, embrace, leverage, communicate, leverage, and lead change as you climb to the next level and beyond. Participants will receive a signed copy of each book. Click here for more details and registration.
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