Letting Go of Jay Leno

Jay Leno
Jay Leno

What good is a goal? People set goals thinking that when they reach them they will be rewarded. But look at NBC letting go of Jay Leno. The network gave him the top spot, succeeding Johnny Carson. When he started in 1992, the show was #1. No one thought he could keep the show at the #1 position, but he did for 20 years. And how does NBC reward him? By replacing him. First with Conan and now with Jimmy Fallon.

I often see this in nonprofit fundraising. Susan chairs the big event, brings in a boatload of money, surpasses the goal, and the Board replaces her.

If YOU meet your goals, how will you be rewarded? One never knows. So, set this as your goal: to maintain inner balance. Whether you succeed or you sink, your happiness will not be disturbed by what other people think.

Shar McBee, author of To Lead is to Serve.


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