There’s no overnight success (only online)

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One night, you open your social media and scroll by a photo posted by a friend. It’s a post about how that friend got distinguished in an event, awarded by an international organization, finished a degree, got a new car, bought a house, and (insert here everything that makes you wonder about your progress in life).

These days, it’s easy for people to see the culmination of your success (whenever someone posts about your success online, or you do it yourself). And once people outside your circle find out, they will celebrate with you like you’re the most special person in the world. But it only lasts overnight. Yes, they will talk about you for some time, how successful you’ve become, when spending time with familiar people. But even that will eventually become a silent chatter in someone’s afternoon tea.

If you are a person who is looking into someone’s success whenever there’s news about it online, you might feel insecure. Just a little bit insecure about how they’ve reached that far and you’re still here, unappreciated, and relatively unknown.

The soul (appetite) of the lazy person craves and gets nothing [for lethargy overcomes ambition],
But the soul (appetite) of the diligent [who works willingly] is rich and abundantly supplied.

Proverbs 13:4 AMP

Maybe, you are where you are because you are just plain lazy. Too lazy to put in the work required for you to achieve the things you want to happen. So if you don’t start now, when?

Think of success this way: we only see the tip of the iceberg every time we see a person succeed. We don’t see the things that made that person successful: the hard work poured in, the breakdowns, the sleepless nights, the pressure, and the endless struggle to become better.

And all those things are not done overnight too.

If you are reading this because you wanted to become successful in your art, in your job, in your relationships, and your businesses, remember this: There is no overnight success.

So put in all your effort, your time, your best, in what you are doing now. Maybe, the hardest part is showing up, but it’s what you need to do to start making things happen. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a crowd or a following. What’s important is you show up every day and deliver your work, drip by drip. Until someone, the right kind of person finds your work. Then they will be so touched by your work that they’d be glad to spread it out.

There’s no overnight success. So if success is where you want to be, start your journey now.

Here’s how to be successful in life.

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