Magazine article Success

Yin and Yang: Find Balance by Accepting Your Successes and Failures in Stride

Magazine article Success

Yin and Yang: Find Balance by Accepting Your Successes and Failures in Stride

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Sixty-four years ago, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay literally went where no other human had been when they became the first people to reach the peak of Mount Everest. Can you imagine what they must have felt? Pride, accomplishment, intense fulfillment. But it was short-lived. They were able to withstand the air at that altitude for only 15 minutes before beginning their descent.

Think about the most important achievement in your life. Remember that feeling when you finally reached the summit of your own particularly difficult mountain? You feel as if you can conquer anything. But you can't forget about all of the difficult times on the way to the top--the days when you just wanted to give up and try something easier. I'm sure Hillary and Norgay had days like that.

As the popular phrase goes, "Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. In the end it's the courage to continue that counts." Having the courage to continue after failure is important, but what's even more important is continuing after success. That's when it gets easy to sit back and look at all you have accomplished and forget how much more there is left to do. Success is a journey, not a destination.

You're never as good as you think you are when life is going great. The flipside is also true. Success takes a team. You never could have climbed that mountain without the people around you helping you along the way. So don't let ego take the wheel after achievement. Acknowledge and thank your team for everything they do. …

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