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All over the media, we are constantly bombarded with these stories of regular people suddenly becoming a success story “overnight“. At least, that’s what they want you to think. The media is a business, and they will pick and choose what to report to make the most money possible. It’s no secret that these “overnight success” stories create a lot of interest, because people are fascinated by the idea of going from zero to hero in an instant, and thus dream that it can happen to them as well.

The reality of it though, is that success isn’t as sexy as it is portrayed to be. To succeed at anything properly, it just doesn’t happen overnight.

When it comes to succeeding, there are no shortcuts. If you want to be the best at your profession, you need to work harder than anyone else. Sure, skills, talent, and intelligence play a part in your success. However, you will get nowhere in a hurry without combining those things with hard work. So whenever you want to assess how you are progressing within your own goals, judge yourself based on how hard you work. You can have all the talent in the world, but that talent is utterly useless unless you back it up with a strong work ethic. This is why success isn’t as sexy as it appears to be in movies and on TV. We focus on the destination, without having regards for the long journey that it took to get to that destination. The journey is the most important part, and you simply can’t sail through it easily. It takes patience, determination, hard work, and a relentless attitude. Sure, it doesn’t make for a feel-good story, but at least that’s the real deal. Success isn’t a straight line between point A and point B. It has many twists and turns, most of which will require a high level of dedication & “good old” hard work.


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      Coachmombabe wrote Oct 3, 2008
    • Thanks for that post, Ms.Kay. I suppose if we are going to attempt anything in life we need to consider what our own definition of success is. It’s very easy to adopt our society’s ideal of success: highly educated, well polished, financially secure. And that doesn’t sound too bad! But it all depends on what one is pursuing, I think. If that is what a person is after in life, then yes, that is success. But then, that’s the destination again, isn’t it?

      I just spoke with a woman today who has been very discouraged that she hasn’t been able to find employment in the career she trained for. She has struggled with feeling like a failure. I’m afraid when we use that as a standard, we are minimizing the importance of the journey, as you say. The things we learn along the way are the things that shape us into the people we are becoming. Some of my life experiences looked like utter disasters, and yet they have been tremendously valuable in getting me where I am, and helping me do what I do.

      Well, I feel like I rambled more than replied. These are just some thoughts your blog spurred in my mind. Thanks!


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      Coachmombabe wrote Oct 3, 2008
    • Thank you, Dana, for your kind words! I think you have the gift of encouragement!

      Be Blessed,

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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 6, 2008
    • This is so true! Success is more about the journey - you only fail if you quit. In the past 5 years I have struggled more to ‘succeed’ than I have ever struggled in my life. However, I have also grown more as person. I may not be the top person in my company, and I may not have met all my lofty goals, but I am succeeding. As long as we are improving ourselves in some way we are succeeding. I too am very thankful for this group. Everyone is so supportive and encouraging. The positive energy here is so contagious!
      Ms Kay, thank you for your post. Dana and Cindy, thanks for your added words of wisdom.

      Sharing Hope,

      Dee Dee

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      Ms-kay wrote Oct 9, 2008
    • And Thank You Ladies for sharing your insight!

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