If the story of the fate that befell the RMS Titanic that sank on the early morning of 15 April 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean taught us anything it should be the lesson that there is no such thing as “Too-Big-Too-Fail/Fall”. In fact the bigger you are, the bigger and more devastating your fall.
Never be complacent when you think you have attained great heights, because as Kanye West said in one of my favorite rap songs, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”, “to whom much is given much is tested”.
Don’t ignore the little navigational tools of life like your moral compass and the vital role of other people(big and not so big) that contributed to pushing you that far. Many times we could delude ourselves into thinking we are self-made simply because we could see the clear nexus between our efforts and our success, but there is far more to success that could change the day you fail to acknowledge their roles in the whole.
Perhaps Goliath may have lived to die another, perhaps even on a Wednesday that Michael Afenfia warned against, if he had not thought himself too big to fail.
Like the Titanic, no matter how big you think you are, there are some icebergs out there buried beneath your path waiting to sink you. So rather than rest in the naïve illusion that you are too big to fail or fall, start thinking of how to improve yourself.
Achilles is only as big and strong as his heel. So like Diddy, I say Don’t stop, can’t stop pushing forward.
Work hard and smart to be in a position to triumphantly declare like Jay-Z that “People lined up to see the Titanic sinkin’
Instead we rose up from the ash like a phoenix
If you’re waitin’ for the end of the Dynasty sign
It would seem like forever is a mighty long time. ”
Stay focused folks.