The myth of “overnight success” (you won’t like this)

I really hate to be the bearer of bad news, but amidst all the “get rich quick” schemes and celebs who appear to blow up with one mediocre hit, I really thought this was worth addressing.

The inspired little child in all of us thinks it’s still possible to decide what we want to do on Monday, start working on Tuesday and have massive success by Wednesday. Unfortunately, my friends…this simply isn’t true. Even apparent “overnight” successes have usually put in YEARS (sometimes decades) of work before you even became aware of their existence.

There still IS a way to success…the pathway is just slightly longer (and more convoluted).

One of my favorite writers, Cal Newport, discusses the phenomenon of the Big Break myth here:

 

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J.D. Roth of the popular Get Rich Slowly blog recalls a conversation he had with a friend who had just started his own web site. As J.D. recalls, after the friend posted an introductory article he asked: “Can you point people to the site?”

“Not yet,” J. D. replied. “You don’t have any content.”

Instead of writing, the friend tweaked the layout and introduced advertisements. Several weeks passed.

“Nobody’s coming to my site,” the friend complained. “Not a single person has clicked on an ad.”

“That’s because there’s nothing there…you need to focus on content,” J.D. replied.

The friend posted a new article, then let the site lay fallow for another month. Finally, he wrote J.D. again, this time pleading: “Can’t you please point people to my site?”

“Maybe in a couple months,” J.D. replied. “Maybe once you have some content.”

Read the rest of the article at CalNewport.com….

What are your thoughts on big breaks and consistency over time? Leave me a comment or shoot me an email.

 

Daniel DiPiazza
@Rich20Something

Daniel is the founder and CEO of Rich20Something.

A millennial business mastermind, he has successfully started three consecutive freelance businesses and scaled them to over $100K in revenue with zero startup capital. His work is regularly featured in Time Magazine, Fortune, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Fox News, and Yahoo! Business.

His debut book, Rich20Something, publishes on May 2, 2017.

  • moby7295

    Consistency over time is difficult. I think the reason is because it requires consistent faith in your idea- lots of people suffer from chronic fear- so hey have a great idea and never follow up on it or they follow up just at the beginning- to stick with it to the end you need to believe all the way. Most ideas come in a whirl of excitement and adventure but when the least glamorous parts of the adventure start (ie having to keep writing content) the pain starts screaming louder than the gloss and people give up (this is actually an interesting point I’ve made- I think I’ll add it to my own contentless blog :p)

  • Could never think of such a thing is possible with it…I
    think you have a great knowledge especially while dealings with such subjects.

  • Oladimeji Faworaja

    Interesting article

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