I asked how long he had been at it and what was he hoping for?
He’d been at it a month or so and was wanting to be wildly success by now.
The fact that he wasn't wildly successful already was making him question his niche, his ability to do business, and himself in general.
Expecting to be an overnight success isn't something strange, it’s incredibly common.
We've been fed a lot of nonsense about what it takes to success.
We have The Secret saying we can just wish our dreams into existence, as if just the thought of something is enough to magically make dreams come true without massive action! (and if it was, why wouldn't everyone have everything they want…)
We see ridiculously fabricated success stories talking about someone that had an idea on Monday and by Friday was a multi-millionaire.
I remember reading about actor Jim Carrey and what an overnight success he was. Of course the writer of that piece clearly didn't know anything about Jim Carrey as he had been in Hollywood fighting for a career for nearly ten years when he finally ‘made it’. He’d even lived in his car at one point. Hardly an overnight success.
Of course, my industry is filled with this nonsense. I just got an email from a famous internet marketer that was titled, Success by Next Weekend. People like this just perpetuate this trap and to no ones benefit but their own.
Overnight Success Trap
The overnight success trap is believing, dreaming, requiring that your financial freedom business fulfills all your hopes and dreams within the first week, month, or YEAR of having the idea!
One of the many dangers of this trap is that many tie their self esteem and their desire to stay with it on to this trap and quit if it doesn't happen ‘overnight’.
What we talk about when we are saying a Freedom Business, is a REAL business. Not some quick trick that makes you a couple bucks once and then not again until you do another silly trick. It’s a real business. One that is based on the love of a certain audience and the deep desire to create value for that audience.
This takes time, not only in finding just the right audience, but also the creation of the value. The cultivating of the trust and respect. This takes time. The more you care and the more you create the value that THEY want, the quicker you can get to the receiving of value (money for you), but it takes time.
In my next post I’m going to give you 2 ways to get over the overnight success trap. I’ll show you ways to avoid the trap and how to get out if you've already fell in.
How has the overnight success trap already taken over your quest to succeed?