“My dad told me, ‘It takes fifteen years to be an overnight success’, and it took me seventeen and a half years”
This remarkable quote by Adrien Brody puts success into perspective. Most people assume that success is easy to achieve, and can be done in the blink of an eye. A funny story about our founder, when he founded his first company when he was 17, he fully believed he would be buying a new Jaguar the same year.
Sure, it’s good to have this sense of urgency; to want to achieve success as quickly as possible. But it’s not realistic. Rome wan’t built in a day, so it’s highly unlikely you’re going to achieve your dream anytime soon.
Don’t let this discourage you though! Anything is possible. If you fully believe you can make your dreams come true, chances are you can and will. That’s why we use mountains as a metaphor to accomplishing goals. There’s no easy way to the top of a mountain, you have to hike, climb, and pull yourself to the top. But once you reach the top, the view of the surrounding area is worth the struggle.
This is the same as going after your dreams. No matter how hard it can get, how difficult it may seem, eventually you will make it to the top, and all that hard work will pay off. So just because you can’t achieve success tomorrow, doesn’t mean it won’t be as sweet in 10 years.
This weekend, as you prepare to take on the new week, take a moment and reflect on what your long term goals are. How long do you think it will take you to complete them? An easy way to do this is break these goals into sub-goals. For example, say you want to loose 10 pounds in one month. That seems like a long time, so set yourself some sub-goals to help. Maybe this week give up soda, and then the next week hit the gym one more day a week.
No matter what you may be pursuing, the fact is clear; the longer it takes, the sweeter the success.