You can’t microwave success. Since I began to provide guidance and education a few years ago to women all over the country aspiring to build their own personal blogs, brands and businesses, there has been so much speculation around the timeline it takes to breed results. In August, I launched a mentorship program that now has almost 400 members. What I immediately noticed the first month was that the women who felt things weren’t happening fast enough for them left the group shortly after joining.
Make no mistake, with the right information, success will likely happen much quicker for you than it will for someone else. For bloggers and Influencers specifically, opportunities are happening for them much earlier than they did when I first started. But undoubtedly, there’s a bit of audacity that dances around our frustrations of why we haven’t seen results from something we’ve been doing for what we feel like is long enough. Why is it that we feel entitled to instant gratification? Feeling entitled to rewards we have not yet earned?
What People Think Success Requires –
- An idea
- An LLC
- Pretty pictures
- A ton of support, especially from your friends and family
- Brand deals that find you quickly
- A process that gets easier and easier everyday
What Success Really Requires –
- Trial + Error
Success is made in the slow cooker. It is not a microwave meal. Quit being impatient with something that takes EVERYONE time to do. Overnight success is not a thing. It may go quicker for some and slower for others, but it is never overnight. Even for those who magically go viral or become connected to someone with a huge following so that it seeps over onto theirs… what they have to do once that moment is gone is scatter to keep up because they weren’t prepared for the momentum required to maintain what they weren’t prepared to.
If you’re not familiar with the 10,000 hour rule, it’s a rule broken down by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers that supports the idea that 10,000 hours of dedication is the magic number required for you to become an expert. Ten thousand. Even if you worked 24 hours a day, every day, for an entire year – you’d still only be at 8760 hours.
I’ve been talking about success for a long time and am just now seeing real fruit from it. How much time have you spent slow cooking? Are you frequently taste testing your sauce and tweaking your recipe to get it just right? Or are you trying to follow someone else’s recipe but the flavor isn’t quite there? This year, give yourself time to perfect your recipe.