They say yesterday’s peacock is tomorrow’s feather duster!
I think you would agree with me that the enemy of good is great. In his book, Up Your Business, Dave Anderson says, “The primary reason so few leaders or organizations ever become great is because they get good enough — and then they work to maintain. They stop learning, growing, changing, and risking. They rely on their track record of past success as evidence they’ve arrived.”
Our past success does have a way of tempting us to believe in our own headlines. We are ready to write it down, build the manual and document the formula. This mindset shifts us from growth to maintenance.
Use your success as a stepping stone, not a pedestal.
Success if you are not careful can make you arrogant, complacent, and it can close your mind to the changing world around you and turn you into a know-it-all. A know-it-all is a person who has stopped seeking out ways to improve themselves or their business, but it actively telling others how to improve.
The best way I know to survive success is to realize that success is not the main objective. The ultimate objective is to strive to reach our fullest potential, to see how far we can go, how good we can get, and how many hungry and talented people we bring with us.
Reality dictates you will most likely never reach your full potential. But I’ve learned it’s the journey that keeps you humble, hungry, and focused. It’s what you become in the process that helps you and your business make the leap from good to great.