Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Your Career Edition

by Frank Roche on May 30, 2011

in Careers

J.R. Hildebrand was one turn away from winning the the Indianapolis 500. He didn’t win.

You can fast forward to 0:45 to see him smack the wall on the final turn and slide over the finish line in second place.

Rookie mistake, you could say. I say lack of concentration. Celebrating before you’re done doing your job.

I’m afraid Hildebrand’s error is one that’s an apt metaphor for many careers. From an employee’s perspective it was unlucky. I say malarky. It was lack of follow through.

You know who wins in this world? You know who gets to true leadership positions? Who are able to grasp the brass ring?

It’s not the people who lose concentration at the end. It’s not the people who celebrate before a project is complete. It’s the people who keep going, even beyond the finish line.

Effort is nice. Completing things — that’s what really matters.

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