Monday, May 16, 2011

The Small Successes In Life

In speaking to sports reporter Duncan Hamilton, Brian Clough reflected on his first European Cup win with Nottingham Forest and said that the triumph was partly due to winning the Anglo-Scottish Cup in 1976. It was the first trophy the club had won since the FA Cup in 1959 and Clough said, "Those who said it was a nothing trophy were crackers."* He went on to make the point that although the cup was small and not highly regarded, claiming the title proved to the players that they could win trophies.

It led me to think how many successes are played down because we perceive them to be too small to bother. An article or short story published in a small magazine? A joke on a professionally edited website? Someone following your blog and commenting favourably on it? None of these are large and will probably not earn any money, but they are still successes that we can build upon.

Never underestimate the value of small successes in your life and ignore those who only think large success counts, for once you get used to succeeding in small things, succeeding at the bigger things gets easier and more comfortable.

*Quote taken from 'Provided You Don't Kiss Me', by Duncan Hamilton.


Victoria Snelling said...

It's not just small successes that are motivating. Small achievements and small milestones on projects are good for morale. Just doing what I said I was going to do is a boost for me.

Martin Willoughby said...

That's the attitude. Look for the positive and celebrate everything.

Milo James Fowler said...

I agree with you, Martin. It's those "small successes" that provide the boosts we need to make it through difficult times ahead.

Tana Adams said...

I really like that quote and I agree, we should be happy in all things.

Martin Willoughby said...

Milo: Hope that your short story successes are giving you boosts.

Tana: Feel free to use the quote.