Success researcher Richard St. John wants everyone to avoid an all-too-common problem: success-to-failure syndrome.
In his book 8 to Be Great, he identified the eight characteristics of successful people:
But successful people have one more key trait: they don’t stop doing this stuff once they “reach” success. The moment you think you’ve “made it” as a company isn’t the moment to get complacent, comfortable, and lazy; it’s the moment to keep practicing all the things that got you there.
“Success isn’t a one-way street. . . . it’s a continuous journey,” says St. John.
He experienced this himself when he started focusing on money over clients, doing stuff he hated and wasn’t good at (i.e., management), and tried to solve his depression with fast cars and Prozac. The clients disappeared: St. John had classic success-to-failure syndrome. When he started practicing the eight habits above, it took him a full seven years to reach his former level of success.
For more, watch St. John’s two TED talks, each less than 4 minutes:
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