What makes us so angry about overnight successes is not their success. We’re angry because everyday out of nowhere another company brings in millions in funding while we silently pay our daily dues. We lay our soul, sweat, blood, tears, savings, family and spouse’s anger onto the altar of our dreams with only the hope that the light of success will shine upon our face. An overnight success for us is to just wake up rejuvenated by hope. Sadly we fall asleep 16 hours later in despair’s embrace. This happens ad nauseam. Eventually the work will stop because we start to believe the lie that we are the unfortunate ones. Why? Because only the “fortunate succeed,” Right?
When looking at the most successful people and organizations, we often imagine geniuses with a smooth journey straight to the promised land. But when you really examine nearly every success story, they are filled with crushing defeats, near-death experiences, and countless setbacks.
We often celebrate companies and individuals once they’ve achieved undeniable success, but shun their disruptive thinking before reaching such a pinnacle. Before Oprah was Oprah, before Jobs was Jobs, they were labeled as misguided dreamers rather than future captains of industry.
Overnight successes are years in the making. They experienced disappointments and there is a plethora of failures in their wake. Failures pushed them forward. Daily tasks were specific and aligned with their goals. In short, they were diligent daily. So how do you become an overnight success? By having success every night one step at a time and one day at a time. You keep you head down and focus on the task at hand. The task of creating your idea into existence.
In your life, you’ve probably had a setback or two. When you stumble, it’s tempting the throw in the towel and accept defeat. There’s always an attractive excuse waiting eagerly, hoping you’ll take the easy way out. But the most successful people forge ahead. They realize that mistakes are simply data, providing new information to adjust your approach going forward.
What’s your excuse? What excuse are you willing to accept?
EX·CUSE: the lie you tell yourself to make yourself feel better about justifying your lack of responsibility for your own life and the life of your family.
Newton’s 1 Law of Motion tells us that:
- An object that is at rest will stay at rest unless an unbalanced force acts upon it.
- An object that is in motion will not change its velocity unless an unbalanced force acts upon it.
Unbalanced forces are always going to press you to stop. It doesn’t matter how much time or money you have something is going to press on you that will threaten your momentum. Far to many people fail because they give themselves permission to fail.
So what do you need to do? Keep moving!!!!
- James Dyson failed in 5,126 prototypes of the now famous Dyson vacuum.
- Angry Birds was Rovio’s 52nd game. They spent eight years and almost went bankrupt before finally creating their massive hit. – Chris Dixon
- Pinterest struggled to their first year after their launch.
- Don’t forget Abraham Lincoln. 30 years before being elected President of the United States he had 11 significant failures and setbacks.
Keep working. Keep making your idea a reality. You are going to have setbacks. Everyone does. Millionaires and Billionaires have had setbacks. Create a specific path that will take you to your goal. Let that path keep you on track and keep you eyes, heart and mind on your goal. Keep yourself accountable by looking at your results. View failures as insights from your advisors and what not to do again. Don’t let your feelings be your judge and don’t delegate decision making to your emotions.
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