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Sunday
Jul312016

Why there is no such thing as overnight success and how you too can create the illusion

When people talk about someone achieving overnight success it's because they haven't been paying attention. they haven't noticed the long hours, the early mornings, evenings and weekends of taking tiny, measured steps towards their ultimate goals. 

The author who has labored over a manuscript, been turned down by a dozen publishers and still they write, still they send out proposals - until one day - someone takes notice. J K Rowling and Stephen King are 2 examples of that kind of overnight success that took years.

The person who dreams of paying off their mortgage and diligently deposits money week after week to do so....

The person who thinks about setting up a website to promote their business....the business has been running for years, but because it can't be found until the website has been created...

The person who wants to create a new business, it may have taken months if not years of thought and preparation before the doors finally opened for business.

Google - yes THE search engine we know and love so much today started off as a research thesis for 2 doctoral students .... did you know it started off life as "Backrub"? doesn't have quite the same ring to it does it. Oovernight success? I don't think so.

Every goal you have in front of you is going to be a marathon not a sprint. There will be spurts of inspiration and energy that will take you further than perhaps you had ever dreamed possible, but I do know that mostly it's a slog, not always a hard slog, but a slog nontheless. Getting up day after day to do something that will mean the goal is achieved takes time, it's takes effort and most of the time it takes sheer bloody determination - day after day.

  • The person who gets up at 5am to go for a walk because it is the only time they have to themselves and when they can do some exercise.
  • The writer who needs peace and quiet will wait until the kids have gone to bed before getting out the manuscript.
  • The people who decide to give their diet just one more day.
  • The would be business person who reads just one more article, then starts to lay the foundations
  • The teenager who wants to save a million dollars by the time they are 40 decides to forgo the party one the weekend to stick the money into a savings account
  • The student who decides to spend just a little more time studying than their fellow undergrads so they can get the first and the best job in town

And what do we hear - Oh they were lucky, they didn't have "my" problems and issues "it's all right for them..." and all those other worn out phrases used by people who pretend they want something, but do little or nothing to achieve it.

It is all right for them, they've worked damned hard for their luck. They did it, so can you, but the question is - are you willing to work hard for your overnight success?