Have you ever been lucky? Have you had some new venture that really wowed the world the first time out of the chute? When a person is good at the beginning, perhaps all that really happened is this – they got lucky.
They Got Lucky!
And do you know what? Luck is not a strategy. Strategies take time and thought. Strategies sometimes fall apart. Strategies sometimes miss the mark and we lose money.
Too bad, isn’t it? We wanted to be great out of the chute.
We wanted …
And to win.
However, there is some good news after all.
Being ‘good’ over the long haul is simply a matter of effort, tenacity, and some really smart practices that get honed and fine-tuned on the playing field.
None of my grandkids learned to walk 30 days after their birth. Nor did they walk 60 days after. Today they all walk and talk, smile and laugh. They’ve become ‘good in the long run’ and so have your kids and grandkids. And it is so in whatever you find to do with your life and talents.
Have you noticed that people who are good in the long run sometimes fail a lot? Their early days are less than perfect. That is called “paying the price” for becoming good in the long run.
With every stumble and every blunder we learn. We learn because we want to be good in the long run. If we interviewed many of today’s successful people, they would tell stories of their failures in the beginning. Failure is a part of the deal. It is the price one pays for being good in the long run.
Every rejection is a gift. It is our chance to learn to do it better.
And in the long run, there is a better than average chance that we will be one of those who has a long and prosperous run.
P Michael Biggs
One Word at a Time