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Step 2: Join The Giants…

Success BEYOND Approval Seeking…

In my foot race to the base of the mountain I passed close to 100 hikers, many of which I had seen at the top but still more were on their storied journey to the top. Along my path, there were those that were inspired by my trek, and those that resented.

Here’s a question for you…if someone sprinted ahead of you in your life on a path you were traveling, would you find yourself resenting them or would you find yourself inspired?

This was a question that crossed my mind about the same moment a woman, resting for a moment at the side of the trail on her accent to the top yelled out:

“People that run like you should be tripped!”

In Australia, UK, and New Zealand they might call this the “Tall Poppy Syndrome,” which alludes to an ancient Roman practice by the tyrannical ruler, Sextus Tarquinius, who killed all the prominent people in the city Gabii shortly after appointing himself king.

In the US people often call this the “Crab Mentality” where those who are wanting to rise above the collective vat of crabs is continually pulled back down by the surrounding crowds all clambering to the top.

In essence, the two stories tell of a societal phenomenon in which people of genuine merit are criticized or resented because their talents or achievements elevate them “above” or distinguish them from their peers.

I was raised on the belief that this was a social norm and many times in my life I held back my best effort for exactly this reason.

But today, I lay the myth to rest. Only ONE of the near 100 people I passed spoke out in open resentment. Many cheered me on. Some jogged with me for a time and I was thoroughly inspired by someone brave enough to “let er-rip” and show me what SUCCESS BEYOND APPROVAL SEEKING is all about.

So, when a Stephen McGhee, or anyone, sprints ahead of me on the trail of success… J I am choosing to be inspired! I will continue to choose and follow a different, more effective credo voiced by Benjamin Franklin Fairless, president of United States Steel Corporation (1950), who stated:

“You cannot strengthen one by weakening another; and you cannot add to the stature of a dwarf by cutting off the leg of a giant.”[2]


And you too… will inspire many.

~ Take the Next Step ~


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