I used to work for one of the large consulting companies.
One of the things I most admired about "the firm" was the fact that the company never stood still, it was always looking to reinvent itself.
In addition to admiring that quality it was also something that drove many employees nuts!
Fast forward to life as a business owner, and I still value that lesson in business, as much as any I have ever had!
Even when things are going really well we need to be looking forward, anticipating the coming changes that will affect us and developing the strategies that will make us a successful company "in the tough times".
Eagle has been in business for 25 years, through some good times, recessions and now a pandemic.
I can vividly remember a conversation with a former colleague (from that big consulting company) and it was during one of those "good times".
Bob asked me "Is Eagle successful because it is really good at everything it should be, or are you successful because the market is hot"?
Ouch! I was a little flippant with my answer, but Bob was a guy who was not going to let me off that easily!
I replayed that conversation again and again.
He was right!
I was very happy that things were going well but the success was masking underlying issues, and fixing those during the good times was the right thing to do!
Sometimes we need to be reminded of lessons that we learned some time ago ... and forgot.
Are you complacent?
Do you push to be better?
Do you think that just because things are going well today you can "take a breather"?
If you answered yes, then you are living dangerously.
Note that the same mindset applies to us as individuals and any organisation/entity that we operate. So don't let your piece of the world ever get complacent!
This is a very competitive world and victory goes to he/she that earns it!
"I think its dangerous to think you are successful, because then you become complacent."