“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates
How do you handle success?
Time and time again, we have addressed the topic of handling adversity. In our failures come a majority of our learning moments and our opportunities to learn and grow. From mistakes, we gain experience, the opportunity to evaluate the situation, and make better decisions when faced with similar situations in the future.
However, success does not teach us those things. It makes us appear invincible and capable of anything. We tend to bask in the glory of our victories. We tend to relax and enjoy the moment.
Have you ever been a part of a team that experienced success? How was the preparation after that happened?
In my experience, I have noticed a lot of teams or individuals that expect similar results. They figure that by putting out the same effort they will just be handed similar results. Sometimes, even worse, they become entitled and lazy. They figure that they have already gotten theirs or that more will come in bunches.
Remember those individuals from the first paragraph. The ones that have gained all that experience from their mistakes and failures. Those are the ones that are gunning for the successful ones. Those are the ones who place a target on their back. They circle those get togethers on the calendar. They white out, black out, red out, or whatever other color out gyms and stadiums. They work harder, smarter, more dedicated, more intense. They are coming for you.
So, how do you handle success?
Here’s how the great ones do it: They embrace the process. It makes them hungry. They know everyone is gunning for them, and they embrace it. They start working harder to remain out in front. They relish the target on their back. In fact, they welcome it. They want everyone’s best shot because it only brings out the best in them. It is what they have prepared for. It is who they are. They don’t settle. They don’t relax. They don’t take it for granted. They want more of it, but know that it is because of the work that they got there.
So, I’ll ask you again. How do you handle success?
I know which route I’d choose.
Bring your best today!