Boy oh boy, this headline sure isn’t going to win many fans over…But stick with me through this, and you’ll see how it might be exactly what the doctor ordered…
Let’s put it out there, 10 years is an awful long time to ‘see results‘ from your online endeavors. Heck, it’s a long time for anything really but something I read from Jon Gordon’s latest book ‘You Win In The Locker Room First‘ really got me thinking…
He stated this; “When people ask me how long it takes to become an overnight success, I tell them 10 years…”
Reminded me when my business partner Tim Linden was interviewed on video so many years ago and he flat out said something eerily similar;
“The quickest way to become a success online is to take your time…”
Not exactly the vote of confidence you wanna hear when you are just starting out right? 10 years? A decade? Come on man, there has to be something quicker….
Let’s look some examples Mr. Gordon shares in his book that add some very valid points to the importance of ‘sticking to it for the long run‘…
– Did you know it took Howard Schultz and Starbucks 13 years before they opened their 5th store?
– It also took Sam Walton and Wal-Mart 7 years to open their SECOND store.
– John Wooden, arguably the most successful coach in sports history….Coached every single day for 20 years, before he won his first title.
Imagine that huh?
I mean, sure there are stories of people hitting the big time in no time at all, but let’s be realistic and play the odds for your best chance at real success!
Heck here’s my own example…I started messing around online trying to make money in late 1998 / early 1999….It wasn’t until around 2005 that the ‘stars aligned‘ and I started making a real income to support my family.
So you will have to excuse me while I pull out the world’s smallest violin and play a sad song for those of you that give up after 3 months of ‘trying‘…That’s not trying, that’s just dipping your toe in the water!
Real results in this business takes years, and there is no guarantee after all that time you will be a huge success…Welcome to entrepreneurship but that’s what makes it so exciting lol
All you can do is play the odds. And odds are in your favor if you;
1. Show up every single day & work towards your goals!
2. Learn from your mistakes & don’t be afraid to fail!
3. Always be growing personally and professionally.
It worked for the people mentioned above, there is no reason why you cannot achieve what they have and more….
Will it take 10 years? Who knows, but anything that has real value does take time to develop. So buckle up, it may be a long ride!