Overnight Success Does Not Exist

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” Steve Jobs

People like to think of success as a singular event. It’s not.

It’s a multitude of steps.

You write novels one word at a time.

You paint one stroke of color at a time.

You run a hundred miles one step at a time. One mile at a time.

One day at a time. Thousands and thousands of days. Tens of thousands of hours…

One struggle after another.

Success takes a lot of time, and patience, and effort.

Small efforts done over long periods of time.

We take the highlights reel as the absolute truth. We forget about what goes on behind the scenes.

The boring parts. The ones that no one claps for. The ones that are so easy to postpone; over and over again.

You know: the posts no one reads (or comments on), the stories that don’t make it, the paintings and drawings no one ever sees.

That’s what it takes to become great.

A lot of little steps.

As they say: little by little, and soon a little becomes a lot.


  1. When I worked in tech, I also said there is no sudden “ah-ha” moment. Those moments are the result of tons of hard work and almost always on the shoulders if giants.

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  2. I just wanted to thank you for writing this. This post made me feel so inspired and I feel like I have the strength to overcome some of my greatest fears, especially failure. It was a reminder that every post I write, whether seen by anyone or not, will make me grow and that’s what should matter. Bless you!

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  3. The thought that writing an unsuccessful post can lead to improvements for the next post is encouraging. Overnight success is an American fantasy that we love as much as the music montage that portrays the team/hero training and going from failure to stud after 3 minutes of work.

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  4. You’re absolutely right! Success takes a lot of time and hard work. No one has succeeded overnight. I got to know from you that Jeff Bezos was working in a small cabin in 1999 and now, he is the world’s richest person.
    That’s what so called success.
    Thanks, Cristian for such great articles.

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