Monday, February 13, 2012
Success...Is A Lousy Teacher
"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." ~Bill Gates
Have you been successful before? Are you successful now? Have you found that you learn more from success or more from failure? Why is it that our society so deeply frowns on failure?
What is failure? How do you describe it? How do you feel about it? To me, failure is nothing more than feedback. It's telling me that what I'm doing isn't working and I need to change the strategy or the direction that I was going. Most people when they fail, either quit or "try harder." Are you "trying harder" but getting the same results?
Einstein said that "Doing the same thing over and expecting a different result was insanity." Yet how many people do you know that are doing that?
Success is a lousy teacher. Why do you think so many championship teams don't make it back to the championship game? Their success didn't teach them to be better, they didn't have the same hunger and with everybody trying to beat the champs, their success wasn't able to allow them to be prepared for the new challenges.
Most of you reading this are smart...Don't let your success make you think that you can't lose.
Know. Be Known. Make A Difference!
"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose."