A reader shares that they recently received a job promotion. What can they do to ensure success?

The answer to that question can be distilled down to three words. Watch what happens between the two most common approaches to such an opportunity.


The first approach is the SACK approach. The person, because he or she received the promotion, begins to think that nothing about them smells. Therefore, they become:

  • Selfish. Promotions become more important than organizational success.
  • Apathetic about any issue that doesn’t directly affect their personal success.
  • Conceited. It’s the ivory tower syndrome.
  • Killer of the ideas and potentials of people around them, for fear their star won’t shine as bright as others.

Like someone singing a solo in a choir, these people stick out as the only song they can sing is MeMeMeMeMeMe! The successful companies out there sack people who take this approach.


We all know someone who has responded to a promotion more effectively. They use the 3 H’s. They stay:

  • Humble. Success is not about them, and they know that.
  • Hungry. These people remain eager to improve simply for the sake of improvement. Life is about learning for these people.
  • Helpful. A passion to serve is what drives these people, and it’s why they sleep well at night.

There are special people around us whose last promotion was long ago, and yet they experience success again and again because they live the 3 H’s. That’s because they figured something out: promotions are not an objective, they are a consequence.

What is the difference between what “might be” and what “can be”? You decide.

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