Debunking the myth of overnight success

Anything that’s worth doing takes time and dedication. Meaningful relationships require thoughtful cultivation. Learning a language requires immersion and daily practice. Getting in shape requires discipline and sweat. These things don’t come to you with the snap of a finger — so why do so many subscribe to the myth of overnight success?

Anyone in the business world knows that it can take years to become profitable. But while the journey may be long, it’s not impossible. The winding road to success is where we learn the most valuable lessons, grow into leaders, and develop our skillsets. So don’t shy away from the process — learn to embrace it.

Not yet convinced? Check out the infographic below on eight famous entrepreneurs, noticing how long it took each to reach success.


Brian Farrell is a coach, helping clients achieve their personal and professional goals. He's also the creator of the "QA2 Method". For more about Brian, visit