Waiting for overnight success

by David

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“The wilderness is the term for the years (or decades) that a founder/entrepreneur/artist/technology must spend being ignored and unfunded before the breakthrough of overnight success occurs.”

I like this because it gives a little perspective.

It’s tempting to think that years spent learning new skills and building a home based business have been wasted simply because the efforts haven’t yet brought you the kind of income you want. Indeed, your endeavors may even be losing you money and that’s even tougher.

My own experience has shown me that being a full time parent whilst also making some major changes to your life (like building a business, failing, and building another) is incredibly tough.

During this period in the wilderness it’s often difficult to know whether what you’re doing is a failure waiting to be finalised or a success waiting to happen.

But I do love the idea that years of persistence can make you an overnight success.

The quote is from a blog post by Seth Godin. Read the full post here.

Are there any real overnight successes?

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Bryan January 29, 2012 at 12:22 am

I agree completely. It is a long uphill battle where persistence is a must!
Keep plugging away and it will come.


David January 29, 2012 at 12:35 am

Absolutely. Like you, I believe that persistence pays off!


Deacon Bradley February 1, 2012 at 4:33 am

I love people like you because you GET IT. So many of us are out here trying to do the same thing and facing battles like you just described every day. It’s a tough road and encouragement like this is important!

Here’s an idea that really keeps me going that Jon Acuff talks about in his book Quitter. He acknowledges these years spent in the wilderness are torturous, but encourages us to embrace them. Right now, while we’re “invisible,” we’re free to try new things “risk free.” If I host a webinar and it bombs, that’s a great lesson to learn in front of a small group rather than a huge crowd.

So now is the time to experiment. Try new things. Cherish being small while you can and use this time to find out what you do extraordinarily well!

That keeps me encouraged… and yea it’s still hard, hah!


David February 1, 2012 at 11:40 am

Deacon, that’s brilliant! It’s exactly how I feel about it!

It feels like I’ve moved past the turning point now, but it’s still tough. In a bizarre kind of way I almost enjoy it now though. I keep thinking, …throw something else at me, I’ll deal with that too. Ha!

“So now is the time to experiment. Try new things. Cherish being small while you can and use this time to find out what you do extraordinarily well!”

Very well said!

Thanks for stopping by and encourageing me!


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