Are you surprised at the caption of this article? It is a bitter pill of our life. It is better to recognize that “the Best in you can often bring the Worst for you” and then, learn how to manage the Best in you. The best could be your quality or qualification, talent or trait, competence or compassion, beauty or personality.
Familiar living examples
- Tiger Woods
He became legendary, popular and wealthy, during peak of his career in golf. These also made him far more out-going, overlooking social norms, which led to his down fall. History could have, otherwise, been written differently for him.
- Diego Maradona
His rise and successes in soccer games was phenomenal and he became one of the most loved stars of his country – Argentina. He was not able to handle conflicts and fame, which had led him to drug abuse and serious health issues.
- Britney Spears
She is a celebrated singing talent and iconic performer. Her successes and controversies have gone literally hand in hand. Her genius has made her different and difficult.
- Former US President Bill Clinton
He came to White House for 2nd term with thumping victory. His power and persona made him vulnerable and fell into highly criticized affair with young intern. He failed to draw a line between sanctity and sensuality.
- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
He is globally acclaimed economist and the most qualified Prime Minister of a country in world. He is noble and decent. These great qualities apparently have come in his way to become an effective and assertive leader. He is clean; yet he is not able to put his foot down, when people try to tarnish his image!
Famous past examples
- Albert Einstein
He was the greatest genius of 20th Century. He was highly focused and determined for what he was pursuing in physics. This made him uncompromising. He produced ground breaking theories; but he could not prevent breaking of his married life, which did trouble him for years.
- Steve Jobs
It is well known how brilliant and iconic technology business leader, he was. His ruthless passion for innovation and drive to market also made him egoistical, defiant and uncompromising. He was ferociously critical of anyone, whom he perceived as coming in the way of his mission, be it Bill Gates or Google founders. His very strong belief in “himself and his ideas” might have led to his late decision to treat his cancer with surgery.
- Cleopatra VII
She was astonishingly beautiful and amazingly intelligent; but history shows those contributed to controversies and connivance, deceit and destruction.
There are hundreds of such examples of well-known people. But, it is very much true for ordinary and majority.
When you step into your “Best”, which “Worst” can trap you?
You aspire and work to acquire several qualities to become a better professional or individual or leader. Some or all of these may unleash the best in you. I would list below some of these qualities at their best and what worst, these can pull you into:
- Your strong mission and/or passion would drive you to be uncompromising and unrelenting. This can invite trouble with your health and family life.
- Your sharp focus and precision would make you inflexible and close minded.
- Your power and/or persona would make you popular leader, attract people. This is when you become vulnerable to people and give sanctity a miss.
- Your high confidence level could invariably bring in you arrogance.
- Your high ownership on your functions would prompt you to work in a silo, be solo (not a team player) and defensive.
- Your high communication skills could lend you love for your own voice and make you a poor listener.
- If you enjoy great managerial courage, you may risk great conflicts.
- If you are very strategic and shrewd, you would be tempted to play politics and games.
- If you are compassionate and decent, you would be on edge of losing assertiveness and decisiveness.
- If you are polite and lenient, it would be difficult for you to gather managerial courage.
- If you are very bold and outspoken, you would be on verge of being rude and lack empathy.
- If you are highly charged or fast action oriented, you would be on brink of tripping and making mistakes.
- If you are too intelligent, you could be too difficult.
- If you are a genius, probability runs high for you being insane.
- Not the last; yet Best of Beauties bring Worst of Perils.
So, how to be the Best and avoid getting into Worst?
- Read again the above carefully, which would make you conscious of which Best in you can bring what Worst to you? This would help you a lot to manage when you are at your Best.
- Wait for my next Post next Week.