Contrary to what you might be inclined to believe about this photograph, it was taken in 1999, when Jeff Bezos was already worth around 9 billion dollars. Yet he worked from that office, drove around in a Honda, and had a terrible sense of fashion.
Today’s richest man was working from headquarters located on the same street as a pawn shop, a heroin-needle exchange, and a “porno parlor.” His office, the badly stained carpet, the desk, made out of a door propped up on two-by-fours, all give the impression of the kind of hopelessness that people often encounter whenever they start something new.
Success is not easy. Overnight success is so statistically improbable that we might as well think it doesn’t even exist.
The struggle is real. Just imagine in what kind of conditions Bezos was working when he first started his company, if this was what his office looked like when running what had grown into a 30 billion dollar company.
The same way Elon Musk had to borrow money to pay rent in the early days of SpaceX, all successful people had to deny themselves pleasure and comfort in order to bring their dreams to life.
There’s no way around it, I’m afraid.
And there are certain aspects of success that rarely get talked about. We romanticize success to the point that it feels like a walk in the park. You do what you love, always a smile on your face…
Here are ten harsh truths about success that no one ever talks about.
1. You’ll be invisible for a long time
“Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” — Bill Bradley
When I first started this blog, nobody would read my posts. I’d be lucky to get six or seven views. And I put a lot of time and effort into my words. Tried to write the best damn article every single time I sat at my desk.
Yet, it felt as if my efforts went unnoticed.
If you want success, you need to keep at it mercilessly, because it’s typical to get little to no attention at all in the first few months.