The Danger of Success

“Let thine eye be single” says the bible.

Success is what we all strive for and we know (or should know) that focus is the thing that gets us there fastest.

Conversely as Greg Mckeown points out, success can be distracting and represents a danger in and of itself.

If success is a catalyst for failure because it leads to the “undisciplined pursuit of more,” then one simple antidote is the disciplined pursuit of less. Not just haphazardly saying no, but purposefully, deliberately, and strategically eliminating the nonessentials. Not just once a year as part of a planning meeting, but constantly reducing, focusing and simplifying. Not just getting rid of the obvious time wasters, but being willing to cut out really terrific opportunities as well. Few appear to have the courage to live this principle, which may be why it differentiates successful people and organizations from the very successful ones….More at The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown – Harvard Business

What I would do:

I think this is a “Be ever wary” kind of thing.  I mentioned recently the need for leaders to be responsible for making sure that their organizations were focused on “Making The Main Thing The Main Thing”.  

As I have grown older it has become a practice to regularly thank god for not making me rich.  I can only imagine the money I would have squandered on rabbit trails (distractions) had I had it to spend and now I realize I could have potentially lost focus altogether.

So, I would build clarity around the main thing.  Do you know what your main thing is?