How Long it Takes to be Successful

We overestimate how long it will take to execute our ideas. But, we underestimate how long it will take to be successful with them.

It takes less than a day to start a web site and publish your first blog post. But it might take more than a year before you see the first external marker of success.

It might take a few hours to set up a web site for your business, get a business card, and design a logo. But it might take six months before you generate revenue.

It might take a year to finish writing a book. But it might take 3,5, or 10 years before that book becomes what Ryan Holiday calls a Perennial Seller.

It might take a week to learn how to play your favorite song on the guitar. But it takes a lifetime of work to be so good they can't ignore you.

A copywriter can build a sales page for an online course in a week. But it could take you years to develop the skills that make you capable of delivering on the promise.

You can take the first step today. But it still might take ten years before you become an overnight success.

Just because you can go from idea to execution faster than any other time in history, it doesn't mean you'll be successful at the same speed.

As Sam Altman tells founders at Ycombinator, "Your greatest competitive advantage is a long term view."

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