To Succeed Successfully

There is a saying that nothing succeeds like success. It can apply to individuals in business, in sports, in the arts, or any other field of human activity as well as to groups of people, governments, and nations. But is it always true?

We don't usually think of it at the moment of triumph, but success can sometimes be more harmful to us than failure... or be a miserable prelude to it. Unless it is won on a solid basis and handled with responsibility, success can be as ephemeral as "the bubble reputation" won in battle, referred to by Shakespeare, or as easily squandered as the inheritance of the prodigal son. Whole nations can rise to greatness and grandeur only to decline and fall, as the Roman Empire did.

Organic Disease—Healed by Life
September 26, 1977

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