The Two Traits that Create Sustainable Success

Take a look at this graph that shows basketball coaches who worked in both college and the pros.



What do you notice? What explains the sudden dramatic drop in effectiveness between their two tenures? Context.  Your context matters. Success in one area doesn't necessarily mean success in another. Skill and intelligence get you invited to the party, but adaptability and understanding get you invited back. Recognizing how your skills transfer to a new context is central to your long term success. A driven character results in skill and intelligence. A humble character results in adaptability and understanding. Those who are able to match their drive with humility maximize the chance to transfer success from one context to another. h/t RichHorwath for the thought on the importance of context and this fascinating college vs pro winning percentage breakdown.

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