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Are Overnight Successes Real?
It’s easy to glamorize entrepreneurial success, especially when it’s happening to someone else. Often times when we see someone else excelling in their career or getting rich thanks to a genius startup idea, all we’re seeing is the tip of the iceberg. It can even seem like their success was handed to them, or that they got lucky. However, it’s important to remind yourself that you’re not seeing the whole picture.
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The concept of overnight success is a myth. Behind every great CEO, inventor, and entrepreneur is a series of failures, doubts, and struggles. The road to prosperity is long and winding, and the journey is just as important as the destination. It’s through the journey that people learn, improve, and grow. Instead of wanting to fast-track your way to success, it’s important to embrace the process.
While the journey to success may be long, it’s not impossible. Anything that’s worth doing takes time, and with some hard work and dedication, you can achieve your goals. You might even be surprised to learn that some of today’s most famous leaders took anywhere from 4–14 years to build their empires.
Not yet convinced? Check out the infographic below on eight entrepreneurs and their timelines to success. Remember: expect to fail, have a long-term financial plan, and above all — follow your interests.