Mass Media would have us believe that overnight success is as common as a hangover after a night of drinking.
It can seem like if we’re not billionaires by 35 we’re an outright failure.
This message is partially propagated by today’s most prevalent religion – the self-help industry – who makes us believe that great fame and fortunate are just a seminar, a book, a networking event away. As a result we are condition to expect ultra fast results; but when big success doesn’t arrive we feel like shit.
The media tends to celebrate only the end result and pays no attention to the process of achievement.
The truth is success is a long and hard road – even for those who seemingly achieved it over night. Apparently, even Leonardo Da Vinci was a colossal failure for way longer than you might think.
There’s a cool line in the Macklemore/Ryan Lewis track “Ten thousand Hours” that says:
“The greats weren’t great because at birth they could paint. The greats were great because they paint a lot.”
So get out there and do your thing, keep at it, success will eventually catch up.
The Long Game Part 1: Why Leonardo DaVinci was no genius
The Long Game Part 2: the missing chapter