What do the following companies have in common? Sears, Kodak, Waldenbooks, K-Mart. AOL, and Toys ‘R Us
Each of these companies absolutely dominated their particular market niche; they were the definitive player in the space. And then they blew it.
What do the following people have in common? Kevin Spacey, Bill Cosby, Marion Jones, Harvey Weinstein, and Mike Tyson
Each of them achieved the pinnacle of success in their respective careers, only to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Success begets success. Until it doesn’t. Because sometimes success begets arrogance. You start to drink your own bathwater. Believe you’re infallible and the rules don’t apply to you. You think you’re so smart that there’s nothing left to learn.
Success is the just reward of all your hard work. And success can kill you. Beware of success.