The Thrill of Success

This month we’re going to take some time to look at lessons learned by inventors you may or may not be familiar with.  Today we’re going to look at some thoughts from Nikola Tesla:

“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.”

Success excites us.  Let’s be honest, we like it when we’re successful, when we’ve done something right.  And that’s right, we should be excited by our victories, our accomplishments and the impact we’ve made on the world.  There’s nothing like seeing what we’ve put blood, sweat and tears into come into fruition.  It’s on par with seeing your kids do something that really makes you proud.

This excitement is actually a good thing: it keeps life progressing.  Unfortunately some people do get caught up in the whirlwind and forget that there is more to life than just success.  Success is important and it’s good to be focused.  But when we let one area of our life take over we can lose control of other areas.  One example is hoarders.  You’ve probably heard about them or seen a program on TV.  They’re the people who have floor to ceiling, wall to wall stuff in their houses.  Sometimes it starts as an obsession, sometimes as therapy, sometimes distraction, and sometimes it’s completely unintentional.  But in every case the people in their lives suffer.

With success we are usually doing good things for others or the world, and that’s important.  But when the success becomes our distraction, our therapy, our avoidance technique, we’re not much better than those who hoard stuff.  While balance may seem like an impossible goal it is important to understand the concept: a little bit of everything, not all of one thing.

This week make a list of what’s going on in your life and make sure you’re finding time for success, family and play.

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