Learn to Deal With Success

No one teaches us how to deal with success. It is like it can’t happen. Notice this great American philosopher’s idea.

“As kids we’re not taught how to deal with success; we’re taught how to deal with failure. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. If at first you do succeed, then what?” Charlie Sheen!! (I never thought I would quote Charlie Sheen. Who knew?)

Once we notice that, what should we do? Here is one thought.

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is in the doing something else.” Tom Peters

Once we get the idea that success is possible, yet transient, we are prepared to deal with the real world. Keep moving ahead. You cannot stop once you reach a goal. You need another or maybe many others.

Failure teaches, success teaches more. Use them both to grow.

Don Shaughnessy is a retired partner in an international accounting firm and is presently with The Protectors Group, a large personal insurance, employee benefits and investment agency in Peterborough Ontario. don.s@protectorsgroup.com

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