We are living in a consumer-driven society, experiencing technology expansion and innovation growth. But, at the same time, obsessed with instant gratification to the point that when people don’t get ‘overnight success’, they get discouraged and give up.
Before considering taking such a radical step, take a look at this short video from Gary Vaynerchuk. He talks about receiving countless emails from people who have spent eight or nine months working on their business without results and asking Gary if they should quit.
Gary Vaynerchuk is a Belarusian American entrepreneur, author, speaker and internet personality. He was first known as a wine critic, and now, for his work in Digital Marketing and Social Media.
Gary goes on explaining, in his video, that eight or nine months is nothing. Even a year is nothing. Gary reveals that for 18 months nobody was watching his YouTube channel and he was losing money the first few years.
Gary worked weekends and holidays every day starting at fourteen years old to make things happen. He worked hard before he saw any of the benefits. He was thirty years old before anyone noticed him. From fifteen to thirty, Gary was working hard building his businesses.
Often when we hear about all these overnight successes, we think those people are ‘lucky’, but we only need to read the stories of these ‘lucky’ people to realise that luck has nothing to do with it.
NOTHING HAPPENS OVERNIGHT
Recent examples that come to mind are the hugely successful Pokemon Go app, which was downloaded 7.5 million times in the US alone in half a week. The overnight success of John Hanke, the founder of the app, was the result of 20 years of improving his skills and hard work.
I highly recommend the following books from well-known entrepreneurs:
- Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson
- Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
These books are inspirational and share interesting stories that provide the most valuable lessons in life.
Sometimes we need a wake-up call, and Gary does a great job at it. He, however, uses some strong language to make his point, so be aware.
As long as we put the time, dedication and perseverance in something we love, the results will be rewarding.
As Gary says, it takes tons and tons of work. It takes some serendipity. It takes a lot of time. But it is a huge privilege to do what you love every day.
We all go through difficult times, but I discovered that listening to inspirational advice has had a significant impact on my life.
What about yourself? What inspires you? What is your driving force?
Please share them in the comments below.
With much appreciation,
P.S. “So remember: great achievements take time, there is no overnight success.” – Leo Tolstoy