Ask anyone in the worlds of business or sports the most important qualities for success, and their list is likely to include “hard work” and “determination.”
While no one can argue the importance of both of these traits, they often tower over a value that I’ve learned can play as pivotal a role in sustaining success as any: humility.
Success can blind us temporarily and subject us to various pitfalls, perhaps the easiest and most problematic of which is complacency. Too much pride after a Great victory can open us up to potential disappointment if we focus too much on applauding what we just accomplished instead of preparing for the next obstacle. Additionally, one of the Great challenges to winners is dealing with defeat. In the event that next obstacle results in disappointment, dealing with loss in too negative a way can jeopardize our future goals.