26 February 2015

I always find it interesting when people refer to something – or someone – as an overnight success. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a musician or a business person; it’s likely that you will have put years of effort into fine tuning your skill or building your dream.

overtime-not-overnightSuccess is a journey, but it’s not usually as simple as A to B.

Personally, I’m not sure you can ever really describe something like this without detracting from the hard work someone has put in to make it happen; as Steve Jobs once said: “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”

The old adage claims that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything. It’s probably not an exact science, but the point still stands: it takes a lot of dedication, practice and often a touch of obsession to get to the top of your game at anything.

By describing something as an overnight success, are we discounting the thousands of hours that person will have invested along the journey? Are we overlooking the challenges and failures they’ve encountered along the way? The way I see it, real success is something that’s achieved over time, not overnight.

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