The dirty little secret of "overnight successes"

Overnight they really exist?

I used to think so. In my early online business days I totally bought into these "six figure" coaches and gurus. Spouting their pearls of wisdom about running an online business from the beach with professional lighting and make up making their skin look iridescent (or is that just the natural glow of being so filthy rich?)

I looked up to them. Used to say to myself that they weren't smarter than me, they'd just gotten on this gravy train earlier than me. I wanted what they had. Or what they appeared to have. It seemed so easy. So glamorous. So far away from the corporate grey and blue desk I was sat at (yes, that colour combination is as horrid as it sounds).

Then as I started to learn more, I realised I'd been believing a lie.

None of these people have a magic cure or solution and their successes have come from good ol' fashioned hard fricking work and time.

It happens in the arts and handmade world too.

Let me introduce to you Samantha Wills. She an overnight success Australian jewellery designer now living the dream in New York. Her items have been worn by Katy Perry, Miranda Kerr, Lady Gaga, Kate Bosworth, Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Lopez.

Here is what she says about her metiortic rise to success.

"I think millennials are a generation of 'slashies'. They're a DJ/entrepreneur/fashion designer. With all those slashes between your job titles, you lose depth and integrity," she says.
"Narrow down what you want to be good at, then focus on that. It might not work for the first six months or the first 18 months but it took me 12 years to become an overnight success."

Here are some more examples

  • Angry Birds, the incredibly popular game, was software maker Rovio’s 52nd attempt. They spent eight years and nearly went bankrupt before finally creating their massive hit.
  • James Dyson failed in 5,126 prototypes before perfecting his revolutionary vacuum cleaner.
  • Groupon was put on life support and nearly shut down at one point in its meteoric rise.
  • The ubiquitous WD-40 lubricant got its name because the first 39 experiments failed. WD-40 literally stands for “Water Displacement–40th Attempt.”
  • George R. R. Martin, author of "Game of Thrones" has been an author for decades...but I bet you can't name one other of his books
  • Colonel Sander's KFC finger licking recipe was rejected over 1000 times and he held a number of odd ball jobs to put food on the table such as a gas station attendant.

Here is what I believe an overnight success really is.

It is actually the market suddenly realising the value of a great product or service that had been kept in obscurity for too long while its creators refused to give up.

So when the going gets tough, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

We're all on the same rollercoaster of ups and downs, twists and turns but if you can try and enjoy the ride, you'll want to get back on it the next day.

Failures are signs that you're trying and you're growing.

Embrace them.

Get resilient.

Keep your faith and belief strong.

Be assured of your talent and that if you keep on keeping on, success will come.

- Jackie xoxo