Don’t Just Sit There!

19 Feb

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. ~Will Rogers

Will Rogers (1879–1935) was a great American humorist.  He was a cowboy, vaudeville performer, social observer and motion picture actor. A plain spoken man he used simple words to convey some very important social commentary. One of my favorites is the quote above.

I believe that almost everyone knows someone who achieved a high level of success — and then lost it. If not an individual than perhaps a company. Maybe even one you worked for. What happened?

What happened was that person or company plateaued. They reached a point where they needed a next step to maintain their forward momentum, but what often happens is they reached the very edge of their comfort zone. To them the next step was scary. It required them to step out of their comfort zone and take a risk.

If it was a company maybe they needed to add to their headcount or move to a larger facility, but the naysayers said now is not the right time to expand. Or if it was an individual their friends or relatives may have talked them out of making a move because they were afraid they would fail.

So instead they allowed their inner voice to negotiate with fear. They convinced themselves that they could just maintain the level they were at. But that’s impossible. You see we’re all a part of nature, and in nature you either grow or you die. There is no standing still and there is no in between.

To grow is to risk,

Michael

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