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Success is a Lousy Teacher...

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose”......Bill Gates

Success can happen with or without planning. It can be accidental. It can be by chance. And when success happens, you feel elated and on top of the world because you made it happen. Bill Gates once said,

Smart, educated individuals fall prey to this fallacy as they marvel over their decisions, neglecting to acknowledge the small things that went wrong or weren't right. In the short run, this approach appears to make a successful undertaking with serious long-term implications as the successes lead to large blinders that block threats and weaknesses from your purview.


What you can do is engineer success through learning from failures and mistakes because

failing is part of the process of success.

At K. Cradley & Co., we don't like using the word failure to talk about the bumps in the road, the poor decisions, or the mistakes that are made but rather look at them as learnings for refining your strategic plan.

Some of the most successful people in recent history have had their fair share of learnings including Steve Jobs' firing from the company he founded, Bill Gates' tanked Traf-O-Data, Tom Brady's stint on a winless team in high school, and J.K. Rowling's rock bottom near homeless experience. Each of these, determined to engineer success, had a team of people that believed in them, worked with them, and helped them utilize their learnings to engineer success.

You too, can utilize the same approach to engineer success by building your own team starting with a free consult from K. Cradley & Co.

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Miles R
Miles R
Sep 24, 2021

Lovely post

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