Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/26/17

Film critic Pauline Kael, 40 years ago, actually said this: “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.” That is extraordinarily provincial. Yet it seems to me that today many people expect things to happen simply because “it’s their time.”

No matter what your political persuasion, I think the Democrats lost the election because they zealously just expected to win it—it was Clinton’s “time.” The Falcons lost the Super Bowl because they had a big lead at halftime, and expected to win—it was their turn. Disappointed executives who don’t get the key promotion (as in GE where some are now leaving) assumed they were the next person “due.” The Democrats again just lost a special election and are shocked—largely because they felt people “had to” vote for them in rebellion against Trump.

I’ve reached a success level that few people enjoy. I appreciate every second of it. But every second, ounce, scintilla, centimeter, and degree was earned by my work, talent, and resilience. I have never received a benefit, honor, piece of business, or amount of money because it was my “turn.”

Confidence is knowing that if you work hard you may get your time in the sun. Arrogance is believing that your time has to come, no matter what. I’ve got news for you—it doesn’t and it most likely won’t.

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