Ways to distinguish yourself – #27 Avoid complacency at all costs

Ways to distinguish yourself – #27 Avoid complacency at all costs

By Rajesh Setty on Thu 26 May 2005, 10:27 AM – Leave Comment

They say that failure is the stepping stone for success. What happens

once you succeed? Success is not a destination and it should lay the

foundation for your next quest. Interestingly, success can be a problem

sometimes. A classic situation is when one thinks that he or she is now

successful and it’s time to take a break. Complacency seeps in and one

may relax a bit. The problem worsens if one starts getting used to the


Maintaining the success status quo is hard and I believe one is either

moving up or sliding down. There is nothing that is constant about


Talking about organizations, when you bring something unique to the

marketplace, it’s unique only for a short time. The marketplace expects

innovation and constant improvement. The rules won’t change for

individuals. We as individuals bring our skills and experiences to the

marketplace and while our offer may be compelling at a point in time,

the marketplace changes and our offers have to change with times. If we

rest on our laurels and are complacent, we will be left behind sooner

than later.

When you get violent, please remember to kill complacency in your life. It is one “crime” that will get you out of your own prison :)


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