How do you become an overnight success? For most people—they have to live in the trenches—hustle and grind for ten to twenty years or longer. Very few people become successful only after a few years.
So, what do we do in the mean time as we trudge along the path of greatness? We deploy patience. The other option is to quit. But for many of us, quitting is not an option. So, we are back to patience.
Many people want success to define every aspect of their lives, but they want success to show up at their beck and call—and often without sacrificing or deploying any value to attract the very success they desire.
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Leo Tolstoy
Here is a story about scientist and inventor Thomas Edison that supposedly took place in his lab.
In 1914, a fire broke out in Thomas Edison’s laboratory. Machinery worth millions and all the papers pertaining to his lifelong research were burnt to ashes. Hearing of this tragedy, his son Charles came looking for him and he found him standing by the side enjoying the leaping flames. On seeing Charles, Edison said to him: “Where is your mother? Go find her and bring her here quickly; such a sight she will never see again!”
The next day, while walking amidst the ashes of his hopes and dreams, the 67 year-old inventor said: “What benefit there is in destruction! All our mistakes have been burnt to ashes, thank God! Now we can begin afresh, all over again!”
Here’s the takeaway. Lasting success will materialize in your reality only after you have wisely and consistently dedicated yourself to a particular task over a long period of time and in the face of obstacles, setbacks and impossibilities.