I am reading Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday and something stood out to me.
I wrestled with it while I tried to fall asleep. I couldn’t get the thought to leave my mind.
In the book, Holiday suggests that some of the World’s most influential people didn’t see a meteoric rise in power but rather experienced slow growth.
He claims that it is NOT crazy to forgo a promotion or a big life event to ensure you have the skills and abilities to tackle problems with confidence.
This unpopular opinion is rarely seen in today’s society.
Everyone is told they can be whatever they want and if you have enough drive and ambition, you will succeed.
This is a dangerous line to draw.
Where does confidence, experience, intellect, and luck factor into the equation?
One of my biggest gripes with books that entrepreneurs recommend is how little research is spent on timing & luck of influential leaders.
For example, most people could say there will never be another Walt Disney, and it’s TRUE.
But nearly everyone that has shaped history has had the advantage of a few things…
Being a first mover, theme parks and animated characters weren’t popular until Walt came along.
Have the confidence and skills to get it done. A lot of successful people come from successful means.
I am not trying to take anything away from the most successful people.
But focusing on slow growth, making sure the time is right, and building your growth to a level that allows you to accomplish your goals seems much smarter, more realistic, and more sustainable then assuming you are destined for greatness because you have ambition.