Success Tue, Jul 26, 2016
"Success isn't owned. It's leased, and rent is due every day." J.J. Watts, one of the best defensive players in the NFL said this, which was originally from a book called Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden.
J.J. went on to say "Every single day someone's coming for your job, someone's coming for your greatness. If you're the greatest, someone else wants to be the greatest. So if you're not constantly improving your game, somebody else is.
Matthew McConaughey has a great video on YouTube where, in an acceptance speech, he talks about how his hero is always himself 10 years down the road. Both of these individuals have the same basic message. When you reach a pinnacle it's always tempting to sit on your laurels and bask in your accomplishment, but it's important to remember the old saying "its the journey and not the destination". The striving for success or accomplishments or greatness is that journey in this case.
There's nothing wrong with enjoying the celebration at the top, but don't make the celebration be the goal. We are all achieving and succeeding at things personally and as a company and will continue to do so, but never lose that fire in your soul, that desire to reach for greatness. If we can do that we'll never have to look back to see who is catching up to us as we strive for the pinnacle, because they probably won't even be on the right mountain.