Once you get your first taste of success, you’ll most likely become complacent and lazy. It’s not your fault, it’s just human nature.
This is especially true when you achieve financial success.
Not having to worry about how you will pay your bills every month is a huge load off the mind, but it can also kill your ambitions.
Trust me, I learned that fact the hard way.
When I was in my early 20s, I worked for a large company that specialized in the creation and wholesale of auto glass.
At first, it was just a part-time gig (25 hours a week) but it quickly became a full-time career.
Within a year, I was one of the best little worker bees that company had ever seen and I was ready to expand my horizons.
I thought about leaving the company until they posted a new position on the internal job boards.
Turns out they were looking for a new member of upper management and I knew that I’d be the perfect fit for the job.
So I applied, went through a ridiculously long interview process, beat out 3 other experienced college graduates (I never obtained a college degree), and just like that, I was promoted.
New Job, New Life
My new promotion came with more responsibilities.
I was now in charge of a team of 50
slaves employees, and I had the freedom to do whatever I wanted with my day.
As long as I pretended to work for at least a couple of hours, nobody would say anything. It was a breeze.
I always found it funny that I had spent my first year at the company busting my ass in an entry-level position only to get a promotion, make twice as much money, and only have to do a fraction of the work.
Funny how corporate America works.
The Death of my Ambitions
Armed with tons of freedom at the workplace and a decent amount of money in the bank, I quickly lost all ambition to better myself any further.
I thought I would just coast along at my cushy job for years without a care in the world.
The idea that all of it could end at any moment never occurred to me until it was too late.
Bye Bye Complacency
Long story short, I eventually got laid off and lost my cushy little job.
No more ridiculous paycheck, 401k contributions, or health benefits.
I literally lost years of progression in my life and had to start over from scratch.
If I only remained hungry for success, I would’ve been fine.
I could have built a business on the side while I was making plenty of money at my cushy job.
I never would’ve had to work another normal job again.
But instead, I let an early bit of success sabotage my life.
Don’t let the same thing happen to you.
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