Remaining balanced can aid your success
I love music. Not all kinds of music, but most kinds. Started out with The Beatles, Dylan and, ma boy, Bruce, when I was 10-years-old. I haven’t really looked back in the 35 years since by continuing to grow my tastes and my repertoire. I have an iPod in my brain that sets most of my experiences to music and lyrics.
I read this morning that Chuck Pagano, the newly appointed head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, a position that most assuredly represents the pinnacle of his career, has taken medical leave [probably] for the rest of the season to receive treatments for leukemia. And the first thing I thought of when I heard that news was a lyric from the Sinatra song “That’s Life” which goes “your’re riding high in April, shot down in May”.
I bet Pagano does felt shot down at the moment. A few months ago he gets his dream job, he’s 52-years-old, hell, life is good. Next thing he knows his life is under siege and he’s not sure whether or not he’ll even be around to play out his dream gig.
Pagano will be alright though would be my guess because one of the things I’ve noticed about successful people is that most have learned never to get too high when things are good or too low when they go bad. Remaining calm and balanced is a key driver of success. Remembering that life, while short in the larger scheme of things, is filled with ups and downs that come in a constant stream right on each other’s heels and developing the skill of reacting to all things with the same balanced response will serve you well.
So, to Chuck Pagano and to all of you who are considering a professional risk, the unknown or just the day-to-day business of making it through, remember, Steady On, Steady On.