Make a Plan for the 16th Minute

Now that the hype has died down, the Olympics (and Paralympics) seem like a distant memory. Imagine making the medal podium and a few weeks later hardly anyone remembers your name. Was the 15 minutes of fame worth it? Most Olympians have trained from a very young age to reach that pinnacle in their sport—talk about Watering The Bamboo!

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In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.
— Andy Warhol

Before a person sets sights on a Bamboo Goal, they must think about the 16th minute, the moment after the goal is achieved. Your goal may not be to stand on the medal podium in the Olympics; perhaps it's a new job, dream house, weight loss or fitness goal, early retirement, financial independence, reaching a milestone on a social cause, or some other goal.

Here are some ideas for you to consider as you seek your own Bamboo Dreams:

  1. Take your relationships with you on the journey.
  2. Make sure your goals are aligned with your personal values.
  3. Don’t let the "success" go to your head – stay humble.
  4. Enjoy the moment despite the temptation to consider "what's next?"
  5. Have a plan for the 16th minute, after your goal has been accomplished.
Have a plan for the 16th minute, after your goal has been accomplished.

How do you handle success? Please add to the conversation—comment below or on Twitter at @gregbellspeaks.