Nothing fails like success

When I first came across this phrase, I was puzzled. I felt it was blasphemy and i know you thought so too. Let me quote the thought behind the phrase, so you can probably identify with it.

The great historian, Arnold Toynbee said that you could pretty well summarise the history of society and institutions in four words: Nothing fails like success. In other words, when you have a challenge and the response is equal to the challenge, that’s called success. But once you have a new challenge, the old, once-successful response no longer works. That’s why it’s called failure.

Now you got it. This is a lesson I have learnt by watching others or closely observing my own experiences. We all have enjoyed some level of success in certain areas of our lives. More often than not, we allow our attained confidence in these successes to spiral into new avenues that might not be similar to the previous one. This is particularly true when the experiences involve skill sets or knowledge sets in different chunks of phases in our lives. For example finishing school and starting out in a career. Your knowledge sets and skill sets in school might not necessarily prepare you for success on the field even though you were successful in school. The mental readjustment is difficult but necessary. Many people hardly go through this adjustment. They just cling on to their old ways of doing things without attempting to change. I have also learnt that opportunities that will change our lives involve learning a new set of things or putting on a new set of philosophy that might be radically different from our old ways. No matter how difficult this might be, I believe this is the challenge you and I will always have to face if constant growth is our goal. Remembering that even though past success should be used as benchmarks to assure ourselves of what our gifts are and how powerful we can be, the skills used in achieving them must be properly evaluated before launching them into our next new venture.


if it is to be …

Part of my commitment to my personal growth  has been to take out moments to assess the happenings around me. Every so often, I find myself encountering similar and unusual packets of experience(pardon my use) within a very short time. This is one of such moments and I feel obliged to share it with whoever is willing to catch the vibes.  If we pay close attention, we will notice that we can pick out certain rhythms from our environment. For me such re-occurring rhythms might be words, concepts or people. Many times though, it falls outside this three. For the past one week, one particular word has shown up in my radar more than any other. The word is PROACTIVE.

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