Forgetting Where You Came From and the Dangers of Success

When the rule of Rehoboam was established and he was strong, he abandoned the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him.

Rehoboam’s Insolence by Hans Holbein the Younger

Most of us don’t get derailed until after we’re established and strong. And like any strong leader, when we lose our way we take our followers, employees, and circle(s) of influence with us. (Which is particularly disturbing in the case of Rehoboam, who quickly became a brutal, petty leader apart from the law. One word: scorpions.)

If you abandon the foundational things that you’ve built your successes on, you do so at the risk of everyone attached to you. Avoid becoming complacent in your success; define your standards and vigorously defend them. 

Don’t forget where you came from. And don’t get comfortable where you are.