One thing that has always blown my mind is the misconception of “overnight success” - In a day and age where celebrities make it to chart topping status with a “one hit wonder” be that a song, a bad hair day, a new or perhaps even destroyed relationship... it’s clear that our culture is fixated on the speed of trends and constantly falling for the trickery that is instant fame/overnight glory. If you really consider it, nothing truly great or long lasting is manifested over night.
Perhaps what we see from the outside makes it appear as instant as oatmeal, but in reality, years of people’s hard work, dedication, sacrifice, etc... all contribute to their success. A recent interview I read asked Dustin Moskovitz, the co-founder of Facebook, “...what it felt like to be part of Facebook’s “overnight success.” His answer was something like this, “If by ‘overnight success’ you mean staying up and coding all night, every night for six years straight, then it felt really tiring and stressful.”
Let’s be honest with ourselves, the milestones we’ve accomplished in life have not come at the mere convenience of time and place - more often than not, they are the result of tireless hard work, which in turn, allows us to celebrate/appreciate the results even more - kind of like a day of endless sunshine that follows a day of endless downpours. And what’s the easiest way to the top, we might ask? I’ve discovered approaching worthy goals requires an upward climb, one step at a time.
Challenge yourself to do one thing each day for your “betterment”. Be that a simple phone call with an inspiring friend, stealing a couple more hours of sleep by turning in early, or treating yourself to a healthy, life-giving homemade/store-bought/chef-prepared meal. Success is waiting there at the top for each one of us. Smiling down, encouraging our journey and shedding light upon us in the crooks and valleys of life. Let us enjoy the process, all the way up.
AUTHOR: Shelby Elsbree