The Perils of Success

Perspectives and Viewpoints

by Jayaram V

What happens to many people who achieve distinction and success is that at some stage they stop listening, stop paying attention and stop noticing the warning signs. It happens usually because of either arrogance or confidence or both. As a result they make mistakes in their choices and decisions which can potentially derail their success or delay it. If you are chugging along and enjoying the sweet fruit of success, remember this.

Avoid the assumptive behavior, the I know all attitude. It is a dangerous sign that you have reached the end of your learning. Keep your head down, listen, pay attention, respect the people who do not fear you or obey you and see whether there are any or how many assumptions underlying your judgments and decisions. You would be better off by being careful and humble than being arrogant, rude, and sorry.

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