Getting Shit Done

Success Hides Problems

Quoted Success Hides Problems (
  • Success draws our attention away from what’s going wrong and what needs to be fixed.
  • Success makes us overconfident and convinces us that we don’t need to improve.
  • Success provides a false comfort that absolutely nothing is going wrong—or that, if things are going wrong, they must not matter much.
  • Success provides less time to fix problems, because we’re so busy maintaining what’s going well.
  • Success distracts from the side effects of success, like spending less time with our family and friends, burning out, or having less free time because we’re busy focusing on all that’s going well.

Chris Bailey

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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