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Be Wary of the Fruits of Success

The influence of the Fruits of Success
wrote this on October 8, 2013 / no comments

…Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing?

If you’re following this blog, you probably know that the only thing preventing you from reaching your goals is your perception of them.  Failure is a bump in the road, not a roadblock. You can stop being the roadblock on the path to your goals by looking for solutions rather than focusing on problems.

But what happens once you succeed? What happens when you reach all your goals?

I’ll tell you what happens.  If you don’t keep your focus you may start to lose momentum and once you take that plunge, it’s really hard to recover.

Be Wary of the Fruits of Success

Like failure, success has the potential to corrupt.

Support network

Success has the potential to push away your friends, colleagues and even family members. As your success grows, your time becomes more and more precious.  You may end up neglecting the important people in your life in favor of your work or new relationships that might take you to even greater heights (or so you think).  After all, it’s only natural to want to surround yourself with “likeminded” people.

As Jim Rohn once said:

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

The problem with “likeminded” people is that they may not be people you can lean on. They might appeal to you as business partners, but unlike the friends and family that have been with you since the beginning, they may not be there to catch you if you fall.

Certainly, you should cultivate new relationships, but be wary to neglect or possibly lose your true support network.

Knowledge

Knowledge is power. When you know something that other people don’t, you can start demanding more money for your time. As you become a leading expert in your field, you may try to optimize it by spending more time on the things that generate revenue. For other tasks, you might hire other people that you think can do a better job than you do, freeing up your time to focus on what’s most important.

The tradeoff feels wonderful at first, but as you continue to trade money for time, you could find yourself with depleted resources, excessive reliance on other people, and no idea of how you got there.

It’s perfectly fine to outsource a few things that you know other people can handle better than you can. But be wary not to delegate everything as it may leave you without knowledge and on the short end of the stick.

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Innovation

Stick to what works, right? Sure – to an extent.

Success can make you more cautious when it comes to introducing new things to your business; particularly in light of past failures you experienced on your way to success. Unfortunately, left unchecked, this caution can progress to outright paranoia and paralysis.

You may be tempted to stick with what you know, focusing on what you learned from your past experiences and shying away from things you have never tried before.  Exploring new and unknown opportunities can be uncomfortable, causing us to ignore them.

If you always stick to what works, you might fail to evolve, and that isn’t a good thing. The most successful people tend to be those who constantly experiment, adapt, and innovate. Be wary of complacency and strive for innovation.

The same advice that applies to failure can also apply to success…

When failure strikes, you have two options: 1) treat it as just another step towards success, or 2) stop trying. When you hit the jackpot, you have the same choices. You can continue and tap into the momentum you attained, or crash and burn by resting on your laurels.  Which you will you choose?

Until next time.

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