“All glory is fleeting, " said General George S. Patton, as portrayed in the movie, “Patton" starring George C. Scott.
Undoubtedly, he was speaking about glory on the battlefield, but his comment applies to success in nearly any endeavor.
Look at the graveyard in the electronics field. You’ll see once gigantic names such as Commodore, Bomar, and others littering the junk pile.
They had their days of glory, but they were short, unlike enduring conglomerates such as General Electric.
What does it take to rise to the top and to stay there?
Persistence certainly comes to mind, but it is of a different sort than we’re used to discussing.
Usually, when we talk about persisting, we’re speaking of marching on against the odds, after sustaining setbacks, amidst uncertainly and even great peril.
But in this case, I’m talking about persisting when things are going incredibly well, if you’re in business you feel as if you’re printing money, it’s being made so easily.
This is the time when we’re most tempted to cut back, to feel we’ve scaled the mountain and our two feet are firmly planted, along with our pennant, on the very top.
But this is precisely what we cannot afford to do, though every indication says we can and we should.
As Frederick Thompson, one of the founders of electronics giant TRW once said, we must manage “as if catastrophe is around the corner, " as if someone, somewhere, right now, is busy inventing something that will put us out of business.
It’s not a happy thought, but it’s realistic.
Motivating yourself when the chips are down is relatively easy. Heck, what’s your alternative?
The real trick is motivating yourself when you don’t think it’s necessary.
Success is temporary and glory is fleeting, unless you take great pains to make your circumstances endure!
Dr. Gary S. Goodman is the best-selling author of 12 books, over 700 articles, and the creator of numerous audio and video training programs, including “The Law of Large Numbers: How To Make Success Inevitable, " published by Nightingale-Conant-a favorite among salespeople and entrepreneurs. For information about booking Gary to speak at your next sales, customer service or management meeting, conference or convention, please address your inquiry to: firstname.lastname@example.org