I read a lot about success and attend personal development and wealth creation seminars. It is very inspiring. Unfortunately, the more I do this, the more I hear about people who are making it big time overnight.
The overnight success factor works very well on people who are not successful. It really helps sell stuff. Look at some of the best overnight success promotions:
- Lose 14 kilos in 14 days!
- How to make $250,000 from property without using your own money!
- Use this drink and be blond and beautiful in just 4 days!
(OK, so I made this one up myself ;) )
I bet overnight success was invented by unsuccessful people to help them feel better about their lack of success.
“What was that single most important thing that brought you your success?”, rich and famous people get asked a lot. I do not like this question at all. There is no single thing that makes people successful, though I have always wanted so much to find one. Every step along the way, in every day of my life, both my achievements and my “failures”, contributed to my success.
Success is a ladder with an important rule: you cannot skip any step to get to the top. To succeed, you must understand this rule and not try to take any shortcuts.
Successful people work hard to be successful. None of them ever got up in the morning and realised they were great successes in relationship, in their professions or in their finances. None of them ever went to bed thinking they would go to bed and get up in the morning with the right attitude and mindset to get to the top without climbing.
Though successful people use the word “luck” a lot, luck has nothing to do with their success. What they used were vision, determination and persistence to keep moving forward in spite the setbacks. Successful people fail the same as unsuccessful people, but they get up more times.
Successful people do not believe in the overnight success lie, because they have worked too hard to achieve it.
No one makes money from property without putting money aside to start their investments.
No one becomes a famous author without investing the time to write and daring to stand the criticism.
No one loses weight without giving up some food or TV time.
No one became a wonderful partner without putting relationship on top of their value list (and sacrificing other important things).
No one becomes a singer selling millions of records without practicing a lot, practicing some more, singing in pubs and knocking on doors.
No one becomes wealthy without taking any risks.
No one gets to the top without climbing.
If you read a promotion that sells you the “overnight success”, beware! Someone thinks you are not successful enough to sell it to you that way, because only unsuccessful people would buy from them.
If you are looking for overnight success, remember it is only an illusion, the greatest lie of our impatient modern time. A real “success story” would never ever say this about their own life.
If you want to succeed, nothing outside of you is going to make you successful – not tablets, not some program, not someone else, not a book, not even money. Only you can make yourself successful.