Success That Breeds Failure

In Philosophy, Short Thoughts

I took the team at Mäd last Friday to a really cool co-working space, and it was interesting to see that, as a business model, it has an inverse relationship with its own success.

If the place was consistently busy, it would cause it to not be the type of place where you would want to go and work, and it would lose the very thing that makes it attractive.

In turn, this would make some people stop going there, which would again decrease the number of total people working at any given time, which would then increase the enjoyment of working there, this attracting more people…and so on.

The same can be said for cities. I currently live across the river in Phnom Penh, and the advantages are the beautiful views, and the fact that I escape the traffic and busyness of the city.

However, on the flip side, there isn’t much going on this side of the river. If there was a lot happening, then more people would move here, and then that success would mean that this areas loses what it has right now, that quiet feeling that it is always a Sunday afternoon.

This can actually be looked at as a more general rule of life. Every success breeds the seed of failure, and we need to ask ourselves some key questions when things go right, and ensure that we try has hard as possible to not lose what made things good in the place.

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