Accidental success is not common. For all the whimsy of “doing what you love”, effort is usually the meat of a dish consumed by the successful. Entrepreneurs graze fields, seeking opportunity. They scour the business world, constantly viewing ways to improve on the processes we take for granted. Simplifying them. Making them more intuitive and more efficient. They try to find ways to maximize profits, while saving their consumers time and money.
This isn’t magic. There is no such thing as an overnight success for the entrepreneur.
What’s perceived as overnight success, is the culmination of sweat equity, failure- lots and lots of failure– and perseverance. When things don’t go your way… I mean- when things REALLY go awry, and you fail miserably, you don’t give up. You wipe the dirt off of your skinned knees, bloodied and bruised; and you pick up your bike and push on, riding back to the hill that threw you. You drive by the people who laughed at you, and you own it. It’s your moment of failure. You don’t wallow in it. You learn from it.
Everyone has these moments. Some are worse than others. I suspect that if you’re an entrepreneur, like it or not, you’ve put yourself out there for the world to criticize. It comes with the territory. You’re taking a risk, and those who aren’t, will offer their unsolicited advice and disparaging comments.
The first time you present an idea to a family member, a friend, or a colleague, there’s a chance that they’ll scoff at it. They may think you’re misguided or that you lack vision, presenting you with the X, Y, and Z of what may go wrong. “This is different,” you insist. You’re relentless. They just don’t understand you and your vision. They think that you believe it’ll be nothing but rainbows and ice-cream, and that you’ll skate your way to successful paths. You lament that you know better, but decide, “perhaps it’s not worth explaining to them. They don’t know what I’m capable of.”
Everyone believes in dreams. We need to see people become successful to provide ourselves with some semblance of hope, that with hard work and goals, anything is possible. We need that. But crowds will decry the possibilities that we envision, because they weren’t brave enough to take the road less traveled- opting for a possibility; rather than safety, security and probability.
It won’t happen overnight. We don’t come up with homeruns, without striking out a few times, or getting hit with a few hard pitches first. We know this. It’s not magic. Success comes after heartache, heartbreak, demoralizing defeat, frustration, pain, hopelessness, and just the smallest taste of winning to keep us playing the game.
We know it’s not magic. But like magic, people will only see whatthey’re supposed to. They won’t get topeak behind the curtain, to find out what it took for everything to cometogether for that moment where everything seemed to fall into place,magically.
By @MarkPavelich The Mark Consulting & Marketing
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