To live your best life, continuously strive to improve your skills, broaden your knowledge, revise your internal maps, challenge your comfort zone. Talent is just a start; unrewarded genius is a proverb. Continuous effort is paramount.
Mental muscles are just like physical muscles: they require constant use to stay strong. Fail to utilize them regularly and atrophy sets in. Complacency is the biggest challenge of success. The best stay the best by staying hungry; by refusing to allow their abilities to deteriorate. Their sense of self, their self-image requires that they stay current, that they continue to advance.
“Change before you have to.” – Jack Welch, 1935-2020, former GE CEO 1981-2001
“Complacency is a continuous struggle that we all have to fight.” – Jack Nicklaus, b. 1940
“Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.” – Andy Grove, 1936-2016, Intel Founder
“I will not allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency for this is the great foundation of failure.” – Og Mandino, 1923-1996
“It’s not a very big step from contentment to complacency.” – Simone de Beauvoir, 1908-1986, writer, existentialist philosopher, feminist, social theorist
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier