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Why You're Not An Overnight Success

Updated: Dec 19, 2018



Hey everyone! Sorry I've been absent for a while, I've been extremely busy and if you follow my Instagram, you'll know why. Since I haven't been writing anything, I've been doing some research and watching my social media feeds lately and I've noticed one common thing people are saying. "WHY AM I NOT FAMOUS???? I'M BUSTING MY A** EVERY DAY AND NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS FOR ME!! IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN ALREADY, I DESERVE IT!!"


First off, I can tell you multiple reasons why you aren't famous. Could it be that you aren't interesting enough? Maybe. Could it be that you aren't creative enough? Possibly. Could it be that you aren't working hard enough? Could be. You see, the thing is that there are tons of people who are working really hard to go to the top. There's a lot of people at the top who will do whatever it takes to stay at the top, even if it means crapping on those below them to keep their status.

I know some people who want to do something like streaming games for a living and they play the same game over and over and expect to become famous based of their 2 hour a day game play. You could be really good at it, but the fact is, there's so many people playing that exact same game that has a bigger following than you that you're just getting pushed down the list into nothingness. I know people who have started businesses in hopes to become the most well known (insert category here) and have it happen within a few weeks. Those people end up being the ones that quit the fastest because they spent all this money with no immediate return of investment.


Does this sound like someone you know? I know at least 50 people personally that have done this exact thing in multiple aspects of their life. You lay out your plan to become a millionaire, you buy everything you think you need, you start posting on Facebook that you have a new business and for people to go like your page, you wait for the jobs to start rolling in and then....nothing. Guess what, that happens to everyone. That happens to me too. I'm not always busy and when I am, I basically disappear from social media because I need to focus on what I need to do.


What makes me laugh though are the ones that feel entitled to success because they've been grinding for the last 2 months. 2 MONTHS!! Listen, I understand that you've been putting in a lot of effort to try to be more than what you are, but expecting to be famous and make it big in 2 months isn't realistic. Yeah, there are people who happen to find instant fame, but it's usually for stupid reasons and that's not a route you want to take. You didn't earn anything going that route and you definitely won't keep long term fans/clients that way. When was the last time you heard that stupid phrase, "HOW BOUT DAT"? When was the last time you heard someone ask "What's the Fox say"? When was the last time you tried to dance to "Gangnam Style"? The faster something or someone becomes famous, the faster it fades out. Do you just want to be popular or famous for a few months, or do you want to be able to retire off of your popularity or fame? Here's a prime example of this. If you've ever been on Twitch, you'll see on the front page a few women who have over 2,000 viewers at that exact moment. You may be wondering, "How?", the answer is they're doing something they shouldn't be doing. They're over sexualizing themselves and selling stuff outside of that site. Most guys will immediately fall for it and watch as often as they can, but it fades out fast when they realize what they're doing. No real followers, no real fans, just people being taken advantage of. What happens next? Someone else does it and the cycle starts all over again. Don't believe me? Just go to Twitch and it won't take long to find what I'm talking about.


Some people work their whole lives to gain traction in whatever their doing. Those are the people that can look back and say, "I did everything I could and I don't regret any of it.". I can look back on my career to date and honestly say that I feel like I'm doing everything I can with what I've got and I actually have something to show for it. Everything I've done was intentional and it wasn't an accident. I didn't accidentally become good at programming lights, I didn't' accidentally become a business owner, I didn't accidentally become a Twitch Affiliate. I had small goals for each of my successes and reached every one of them. All the small goals I accomplished lead me to my main goal. Most people have one goal, to be a millionaire, but they don't set smaller goals to get there. They say, "In one year, we're going to be a millionaire when we start the business". They start the business, they buy business cards, they do some work to show off and EXPECT to have their potential clients fall head over heals with the one clip that they think is the best thing they've done and end up being told, "We're happy with who we have and we aren't looking to change our current programs". All of a sudden, the goal seems lost. That one sentence blew the whole plan to bits and you don't know where to go from there. This is why it's important to have smaller goals for yourself and for your business. Don't let once sentence be determining factor of your investments.


That's why most people aren't an overnight success, because you have to be intentional in everything you do. You have to prove to everyone that you are the one that people should be paying attention to. You have to prove that you have worked hard in whatever you're doing. It still isn't going to happen quick, but it will happen. Anyone that tells you that it can happen quick is either lying or trying to sell you something. Slow and steady wins the race.


-Adam