Accept reality. When you finally realize that nothing is permanent in this life, you will become more tolerant, more forgiving, and less judgmental.
Have you ever been on top of the world?
How long were you able to stay there?
One only need look at the stories of countless exemplary figures who have each, in their own vertical, accomplished this task.
As time slowly passes, their ability to remain in such an elite position, eventually fades. There is a great joy in aiming for the absolute and an even greater joy in achieving it. But this does not, in and of itself, create any kind of a guarantee that we will stay there for any period of time.
One only need look at people like Lance Armstrong, Steve Jobs, Jack Nicholson, and other outstanding luminaries to witness that the time one may spend atop the perch, is a short term window at best.
One of the single greatest lessons that such a realization can potentially bring, is the awareness that given the fragile status that has been accomplished, there is only opportunity to relish it, while it exists, and as it slowly fades, savor the memories and then aim for another opportunity to accomplish same again.
In the course of this lifecycle, if we are truly sentient, we will discover that there is much more to the equation, than we might first envision on our assent to such a status.
These recognitions will hopefully help us to develop some of the more important and valuable human skills that provide us an opportunity to mature as a person, and consequently become more tolerant of others, and perhaps more forgiving of their foibles.
In our own journey, we are able to experience, first person, the meteoric rise, paired with the eventual decline. In our course of action, we may discover qualities about ourselves, that we are then able to more readily distinguish in our perspectives of others.
This fully facilitates our own ability to transpose some of the life lessons that we were able to learn on our own path, and forgive some of the lesser qualities that we witness in others who are attempting a similar journey.
In our ability to forgive them, (for they just as human as we), we continue to mature and become wiser in the process.