The concept of “When others get to where I am, they will be where I was” is a powerful reminder of the journey that we all must take to achieve success. It highlights two separate perspectives on success.
First, it shines a light on the fact that we must continuously work hard to sustain success. Success is not something we ever truly accomplish. For example, if we are attempting to start a business, once that business is launched and we have a few customers the journey is not complete. We must continue to build the business day in and day out. Thus, when people reach where we are today, we will be on to the next challenge. If I’m on point “B” of my journey, when other people reach point “B”…I will have already moved on to points “C”…point “D”…point “E”…etc.
This is why it’s so important for us to start thinking in terms of “milestones” as opposed to goals. Achieving a goal paints a picture of completion. When it comes to our health, business, finances, relationships, etc. we’re truly never “finished”. We hit a milestone and then start working on another milestone in an effort to make our endeavor continuously improve.
Second, it is a reminder that we did not get to where we are today by luck or chance, but rather through hard work, determination, and perseverance. It also reminds us that we have a responsibility to help those who come after us, to guide them, and to provide them with the tools and resources that they need to succeed.
When we look back on our own journey, we often see the obstacles and challenges that we faced, and we realize that these obstacles and challenges are what made us who we are today. We may have struggled with self-doubt, fear of failure, or lack of resources, but we persevered, and we overcame those obstacles. We learned from our mistakes, we grew from our failures, and we developed the skills and knowledge that we needed to succeed.
And now, as we look forward, we realize that we have a responsibility to help others who are just starting their journey. We can provide them with guidance, support, and encouragement, and we can share with them the lessons that we have learned along the way. We can help them avoid the mistakes and pitfalls we experienced, and we can give them the tools and resources that they need to maneuver past those roadblocks.
When we help others to succeed, we are not just helping them to achieve their own goals, but we are also helping to build a better world. We are doing our part to create a world where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their background or circumstances. We are creating a world where talent and hard work are rewarded, and where everyone can reach their full potential.
Steven Covey refers to this concept as the “Win/Win” strategy in leadership. We help one another succeed. We win! They win! WE ALL WIN!
So let us embrace the concept of “When others get to where I am, they will be where I was.” Let us use our own experiences and knowledge to help others to achieve their goals and dreams. Let us create a world where everyone can succeed, and where our imagination and determination are the only limits to what we can achieve.
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