The myth of overnight success
You hear about them on the news. Everybody loves the overnight success. The undiscovered wonder child who suddenly became successful. The natural talent who literally was picked directly from the street into the studio. Or something along those lines.
What they neglect to tell you is the years of hard work that preceded the success. The late nights and early mornings. The frustration of yet another rejection. Disbelieving that you’re ever going to make it.
And why should they tell you about the hard work? We love the story of the overnight success. We tell it to others, it spreads and becomes the truth. We fool ourselves into believing that’s how the world works. If you just wait, you’ll get our lucky break. Someone will discover just how smart, talented and gorgeous you are!
So you wait. And wait. Until, one day, you realize that it’s not going to happen. That somehow you were cheated of something that was entitled to you. You become disillusioned and bitter. Feeling as if life treated you unfairly. You find someone else to blame, so you don’t have to face the fact that you were actually the one responsible.
Or you just keep on waiting for that lucky break your whole life. Never removing the blindfolds. Always thinking that it’s going to happen one day.
The other option is acknowledging that overnight success requires effort. That you need to set a goal and work towards it. Day by day. A little step at the time. It won’t be easy. You will become frustrated. But if you keep at it, you’ll get there in the end.
What’s it going to be?