One day, I made myself a bowl of oatmeal, poured an iced tea, and headed towards my home office. Preoccupied with work, I tripped and spilled everything.
At 7:58:01 I was excited about a great new idea. At 7:58:31 I was mopping up a mess.
This is a trivial example, but it’s also the way life is. You walk through one door and a bucket of water falls on your head. You walk through another and someone doubles your salary. (Of course, most times when you walk through a door, you simply enter another room.)
Once you understand this, you end up with only two logical strategies:
1. When you fail, act as though success is following close behind: Don’t give up or give into self-pity. Don’t accept that your fate is bleak or hopeless. Just dig in and work your way back towards the light.
2. When you succeed, act as though failure is following close behind. Be as nice to people as when you were working your way up from the bottom. Be cautious with your newly-earned gains.
You may like to believe that you are 100% responsible for your success. Not true. The people around you are largely responsible for your success; never, ever forget this.
One last tip… when you spill your oatmeal, have fun cleaning it up.