It is very easy to get carried away when things are going well. You really should celebrate the highs you have in your life or career. Be proud of what you have achieved no matter how big or small that achievement may be. But be careful not to fall into the simple trap of believing you have ‘arrived.’ It’s very easy to do and we have all been in the situation where we found ourselves falling flat on our faces at some point, by believing what’s being said around us. But there is a way to live through this.
A person I really respect once pulled me to his office and sat me down. He said, “You are doing really well.” My smile had already begun to grow across my face, even before he said, “If you continue on the path you are you will do very well in your career.” By this time my head was probably so big I was in danger of not being able to exit the office. But the man gave me a word of advice that has kept me with my feet on the ground all my life, well most of it, I am human!
He told me that I should always celebrate my accomplishments but keep this piece of information in my mind at all times, or face the depths of despair when things go wrong. Because, he said, they will go wrong. I was quite young and have to say at this point I was a little baffled. He sat down next to me and said, “Always remember, the highs are never that high in your life and the lows are never that low.”
I was sat intently listening to this man who was a true role model and someone I have always had so much respect for. His name is Richard Newman and he was my first real boss. He continued, “If you can work hard, enjoy the highs, learn from the lows but always look to the best in whatever you do in your life to see what you still need to do to improve, you will be alright.” Wonderful advice from a great man. Has anyone ever given you advice that has stuck with you throughout the years?
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