Our Moral Compass: Look Behind the Curtain

“A lot of people notice when you succeed, but they don’t see what it takes to get there.”

-Dawn Staley

     Success is more about the journey not so much the destination. Today’s quote serves as a great reminder of this. Dawn Staley is a WNBA Hall of Famer and coach. She has had a storied college and professional career and known for her individual and team accomplishments. She also heads her own foundation for middle school children that focuses on academics and athletics and other fund raising activities to make this world a better place. None of these successes happened just by chance, she had to put in the work in order to get there.

When we turn on the TV or scroll through our social media page and look at those deemed as being famous that we follow we are looking at their level of success as it stands currently. I just want to caution you and hope that in turn we caution our youth that this success is very surface level, much like an iceberg that we see floating in the waters of the Arctic. We need to look underneath that surface to see the blood, sweet and tears it took to get there. By doing so will help us continue in our development within the area of social awareness.

Here is that visual known as “The Iceberg Illusion”:


As you can see within this visual people see the end result which is the iceberg itself and that level of success. However underneath the surface lies what they don’t see. The dedication and hard work that someone or a group of people put in in order to get there. Good habits were formed along the way but there were periods of disappointment, possible unforeseen challenges and rejection along the way that tested those good habits along the way. There were sacrifices made whether it be spending less time with the family in order to get a task done. Not everything is sunshine and roses on this journey towards success and we learn that failure can be the best teacher of all. But it is through a deep level of persistence and commitment to reach the pinnacle of deeming things as a success is what keeps our engine running.

I am sure if you took a moment to think about, you have probably created many icebergs of success both personally and professionally. Take the time to acknowledge and celebrate those. I recommend sharing and explaining this visual with anyone who is feeling unsuccessful and down. We each have the ability to fill one another’s emotional bucket or be that flicker of hope. This way it not only contributes to their development of their own iceberg of success but also contributes to the development of your own.

What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards becoming more socially aware?

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