In 100 Words: Trapped by Success


We can become trapped by thinking and methods which are currently successful. Existing strengths or competitive advantages can also quickly turn into major limitations. The very factors which led to past successes become impediments to future, larger accomplishments.

This reality is difficult to see precisely because current achievements are directly linked to a particular paradigm we created and exercised (usually for years). However, our framework must flex.

In short, we must be willing to change and discard even successful efforts. This is what Peter Drucker referred to as “systematic abandonment.” We should consciously shift resources to new, more promising opportunities.

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” –Will Rogers

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