In work, not life, everyone can be replaced and the second you start accepting the accolades instead of working for them you become complacent. It’s simple, someone wants your job, they want to do what you do and they are willing to work harder and longer to get there – they’re hungry.
It’s easy when you are good at something to get comfortable with it but if you are no longer moving forward, you’re going to get caught and then be left behind. In order to stay at the top, you need to work as if you were at the bottom, all of the time.
To be clear, I am not saying that is inappropriate to pat yourself on the back for a job well done, but you should listen to that voice inside your head reminding you that it’s the person who’s willing to fight for their position that will keep it.
It should never get easier - we should always be working to be better than we were. When we stop trying, we’ve given up, and may as well step aside or be trampled on by the next in line to our position. There is always something better – a newer model, an upgrade, or a cooler feature.
As Coco Chanel once said, ‘In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.’