Do This One Thing and You Will Find Success


by Billy J. Grogan, Top Cop Leadership

Billy J. Grogan

Can there really be one thing you can do to find success?

Yes! There are no guarantees in life. Still, do this one thing, and you will improve your chance of succeeding greatly.

Don’t Quit!

It is that simple. Keep trying. Don’t give up. Get back in the game. Get off the bench. Work harder.

You get the picture.

Here are four obstacles standing in your way.

Failing to Understand That Failure is Part of Life

I’m not suggesting that you should think you are going to fail, far from it. What I am suggesting is that you must realize that failure is part of life and happens to all of us. The sooner you realize this truth, the quicker you will be able to move on.

Never forget this truth.

Failing to Get Over Disappointment

For many people, the disappointment of not being selected becomes a focus of their life. They can’t move on or get beyond it. They become angry. This anger leads to resentment. Once that happens, the anger interferes with work and ultimately becomes a barrier to future success.

Failing to Understand Why

If you were not selected for an assignment, training opportunity, promotion, appointment, or a myriad of other things, it is important to understand why.

Just getting over or beyond the disappointment is not enough. If that is all you do, you will likely just be disappointed again. Instead, take the time to understand why.

Failing to Try Again

If you understand that failure is part of life, and can get past your disappointment, and understand why you failed but never try again, all of your hard work is for nothing.

You must get back in the saddle again.


By now, I hope you agree with me and understand that you must be deliberate to overcome failure and move toward success.

It doesn’t happen by accident.

Billy J. Grogan is the Chief of Police of the Dunwoody Police Department and a 36-year law enforcement leader, who currently writes articles for, a go-to resource for aspiring police chiefs and current police chiefs alike. He also currently serves on the Human and Civil Rights Committee of the IACP and is the Immediate Past President of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

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