Ode to the Complacent

March 6, 2009

The more irreplaceable one considers oneself, the easier one actually is to replace.

Performance is driven by several factors.  Hunger for success, money, status, personal satisfaction.  A willingness to do ‘whatever it takes.’  Competence.  And a great deal of fortune – the proverbial fortune to be in the correct place, at the correct time.  This last point is too often unrecognized by those who have “made it.”

Once someone becomes comfortable in their standing, believing they deserve their position, that the do things that no one else can – they immediately become replaceable.  Once complacency sets in, those fellow competitors who were not in the right place at the right time, those still hungry souls who desire the positions they see at the top, offer immediate and substantial benefits over the staid incumbent.

The typical belief that one deserves their position because they are talented, hard working, competent, even brilliant is misleading.  Of someone who has achieved high standing and income:  these things are likely true.  They are pre-requisites for success.  But they are not guarantees of success.  Many others have these same characteristics, and are waiting for their chance.  And they are hungry.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s