The lousy teacher
Bill Gates once said:
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
Which is why it’s harder to remain at the top than get there.
Instead do this: Fail. A lot. Think you know something? Then you’re way too deep inside your own comfort zone.
Rene Redzepi was at the top of his game. For four years in a row his restaurant, Noma, was ranked as the #1 restaurant in the world. He put Danish cuisine on the map. Then, he shut everything down. For the past two years he took his team and traveled to Mexico and the rest of the world to learn. He knew the only way he could improve was to let go of everything he thought he knew about gastronomy and completely start over.
As soon as you think you’ve got it figured out, you’re wrong. Don’t allow your past successes seduce you into thinking you can’t lose.