The passage to success isn’t an elevator. Instead, it’s a staircase where each step represents work, effort, persistence, and resilience. While many will point at someone as an “overnight success,” that is rarely – if ever – the case. To get to the penthouse at the top of the stairs takes time, grit, and tenacity. Not surprisingly, the same resolve that it takes to gain success is also needed to retain it.
To use a sports analogy, Major League Baseball is littered with countless players who put every ounce of effort into their craft during the final year of a contract with the goal to land big money in free agency. However, quite a few players seem to abandon that same work ethic once the new agreement is signed and the money rolls in. The result is less production, fan frustration, and, in some cases, a ticket to the waiver wire.
There is no elevator to success, but there is one to failure and the buttons are labeled laziness, complacency, and idleness.