“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” — Steve Jobs
Long-lasting success takes time… and that’s ok! Overnight success can happen, but it is more and more rare these days. The world changed forever when Steve Jobs stood on a stage in January 2007 to introduce us all to the first iPhone. But while it eventually broke sales records, the iPhone was not, strictly speaking, an “overnight success” story. It was the culmination of years of research, innovation, trials, and failures. The same could very much be said of Steve Jobs’ own life and career, full of spectacular successes…but massive failures, too. Those failures are what he built his long-lasting success on–they are the foundation of Apple and any great company worth its salt.
Success takes a lot of work, and chances are, you’re going to face serious challenges along the way; heck, before Jobs had the opportunity to show off the iPhone, he’d already been ousted once as Apple’s CEO, and had since started other companies with some products that weren’t as successful as the Macintosh (and others, like Pixar, that would change the way we watch movies). Even though he had founded Apple, Steve Jobs had to work his butt off before earning his place back at its helm.
Whatever you do, don’t buy into the myth of the overnight success. It makes it sound too easy, when in fact success takes a whole lot of time and effort…an immeasurable amount of blood, sweat, and tears…to achieve. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Apple. Steve Jobs languished in the wilderness for a dozen years before returning to revolutionize the technology we take for granted today. Want to find success? Go out and work for it. It may take some time, but it will come!
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