“Yesterday’s success is often meaningless: it’s what you do next that really matters!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
When you become too reliant on what has worked for you in the past, you’ll immediately stop doing what you need to do to prepare for what comes next. That’s a certainty in business as well as in everyday life.
Check carefully the device I’m holding in my hand and then think about my quote. And that’s the context of the video series I’m running on my blog, Insight 2020 : Leadership Strategies for the Era of Acceleration #12 – Jump Forward!
You can’t look back at past success as everything you need for tomorrow’s glories – you’ve got to win new ones. The decisions that you made that helped you get through with aplomb yesterday might not be the same decisions you must make tomorrow – make different ones. The path you followed to maximize your potential in the last few years might not be sufficient for the next road you need to follow – forge a new direction.
Check carefully again the device I’m holding in my hand. If there was ever a story to be found for blindly relying on yesterday’s success, it’s found right there.
History has taught us that every single organization that has failed has relied too much on yesterday, instead of placing sufficient focus on tomorrow. Um, Kodak, Blockbuster, Sears…
People do the same thing – when confronted by change, setbacks and complications, we’ll often wonder why we can’t just use our past successful efforts to get through those challenges. Yet, the very thing is : those challenges are unique, and require an entirely different approach.
You are your own worst Kodak at times, aren’t you? Busy running a Sears department store inside your mind while Amazon is running all around you….
What you really need to do is commit to shunning the sin of smugness that comes from success. Never become complacent – always presume that you need to continue to develop, train, try, learn, innovate, adapt.
Otherwise, your personal success just might echo the history of the Blackberry device that I thought I was holding in my hand in this particular photo from 2012.
And then I examined it, and realized : it’s just an early generation iPhone!
Still, the story works! (-;