The Downside with Chasing Success

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Chasing success is like bathing in oil. Everybody does it, however no one likes to confess it. Chasing success, nonetheless, is a harmful recreation, and right here’s why.

When Chasing Success, Be Cautious To not Compromise Your Values

It has occurred many instances all through historical past. An individual wishes success a lot that it turns into a dominant fixation. Something that will get in the way in which of it’s an unacceptable risk. Earlier than it, they’re bending their values to get the outcome they need.

Downside: in case you compromise your values for fulfillment, you mechanically lose as a result of your values are at all times value greater than cash, fame, and energy. That is particularly necessary as a result of success is feasible with out compromising your values. In my expertise, I admit honesty is usually a detriment to success within the short-term (not less than in publishing), however there are different advantages to doing enterprise with integrity. And there’s a massive profit to integrity that powers long-term success.

Contemplate these quotes by famed investor Warren Buffett (supply):

“It takes 20 years to construct a status and 5 minutes to destroy it. If you concentrate on that, you’ll do issues otherwise.”

“Lose cash for the agency, and I might be understanding. Lose a shred of status for the agency, and I might be ruthless.”

~ Warren Buffett

The Key to Sincere Success: Present Worth

“Try to not be successful, however reasonably to be of worth.”

Albert Einstein

I’ve written about circumstances vs the method earlier than, and that very same precept applies right here. You get outcomes by specializing in the method and also you get success by specializing in offering worth.

I did advertising and marketing jobs for a time. I clearly bear in mind handing out promotional coupons in grocery shops. There’s nothing mistaken with the job, nevertheless it definitely wasn’t altering anybody’s life (together with mine). I skilled way more success as soon as I discovered a method to offer exponentially larger worth to the world with my books. As an alternative of giving individuals a slight low cost on their groceries, I confirmed individuals change their habits. That’s way more precious, and I earned extra due to it.

Each time I fear about the way forward for my enterprise and profession, I’m cautious to remind myself that success comes by way of offering real worth. Thus, if I need larger success, I must learn how to offer extra worth.

While you fixate solely on the cash, you gained’t present as a lot worth.

This will likely shock you, however advertising and marketing supplies unbelievable worth to others. Advertising could be seen as salesy and money-focused as it’s a solution to create gross sales and earnings, but when performed proper, advertising and marketing supplies unbelievable worth to others. Take into consideration the final time a product or ebook modified your life. The advertising and marketing that led you to that product was an important a part of the equation!


Chasing success isn’t at all times an issue, however it may be in case you pursue it in any respect prices. The tip doesn’t justify the means in terms of funds, fame, and energy. Goal to offer as a lot worth to the world along with your expertise and items. That path to success advantages the world and also you, and most significantly, it’s going to enable you to sleep at evening realizing you’re a web optimistic on the earth.

The ultimate level is one thing I really feel compelled to confess. I’ve seen lots of people cheat their solution to the highest. Get wealthy scams nonetheless exist as a result of individuals fall for them. However take into consideration why. Individuals who chase success in any respect prices will ignore clear crimson flags as greed blinds them.

I discovered this lesson in a crypto rip-off as soon as and it price me $5000. Ouch. A precious lesson, I suppose.

When you like youtube, there’s a man named CoffeeZilla who exposes scammy individuals. This video of his explores some instances of celebrities scamming their largest followers out of hundreds of thousands of {dollars}. All of them made some huge cash from it, however at what price? When they’re on their loss of life mattress, will they give thought to how a lot cash they’ve, or maybe the truth that they ruined the lives of the individuals who trusted them and seemed as much as them probably the most?

Chasing success with out contemplating the way you do it isn’t solely a path that may damage others, it may damage you now or later.

I am Christian Nnakuzierem Alozie (Kris Kuzie Alozie). A native of Eziama Nneato in Umunneochi LGA, Abia State, Nigeria. I am an inspirational writer and a motivational speaker. And above all, a lover of charity.

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