Early success in life, just like early failure, can be detrimental to growth.
I’ve met some people whose early success was their downfall. They struggle to live up to their past or the high expectations others have for them.
In other cases, it’s failure that permanently steals confidence. Some never recover from early setbacks and don’t push through to find success on the other side.
Sometimes you see this phenomenon in areas of life that come easy: a certain subject in school or a sport or skill.
If we rely on our natural ability alone and don’t put in the work, what was once a gift can become a burden.
It’s equally important to push ourselves harder after we win and pick ourselves up after we fall.