Success Takes Time

by | Nov 9, 2023 | Leadership

In my recent blog, How to Use Social Media Intentionally, I shared how sometimes we can learn from things we don’t agree with. I came across a social media post that didn’t fully resonate with me, so I’ll use it as an example. 

The shared perspective was, “If I was broke today and was going to make a hundred grand in a certain industry, this is what I would do.” They listed everything they’d do, like volunteering for extra projects, taking extra shifts, studying during their off time, etc. I’m all for those ideas; they’re great steps that would lead to success.

However, one part that didn’t resonate with me is that they said they’d accomplish it all in one year. They were starting from an entry level position and wanted to make over a hundred grand in a year and be able to own whatever business they wanted to in only two years. That’s not realistic. Can it happen with a lot of luck if the timing is perfect? I guess so, but it’s not the norm. 

Too often, I see people in too much of a hurry for success that they take shortcuts or get frustrated and change paths too soon. Success doesn’t happen quickly, and certainly not on a regular basis. 

After being named the President of Service Express over 20 years ago, I joined the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). I’d been working and out of college for almost 12 years. I struggled at the beginning of my career, trying to find my footing and building my sales career. I’d moved around a lot, trying to discover things. 

When I joined YPO, I was one of the youngest in my chapter. It seemed like it happened fast, but it was 12 years, and it took a lot of hard work and some luck. I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time, surrounded by the right people. So much went into it that it was out of my control. I did the work and the extra work, but many things had to go right for success to happen. 

I talk a lot about working hard, giving it your all, running to the problem and helping people. These are all important things you should do, but my point is that success won’t magically happen overnight or even in one year. With a lot of luck and good timing, anything is possible. It’s just not common, which is why I disagree with the message I’d seen on social media. 

It’s like the old saying, “Overnight success is usually years in the making.” I felt compelled to share that message and share my perspective. Be patient and keep driving and helping others. It may seem like it’s taking a long time, but you’ll see the success before you know it. Plus, by giving success time and being patient, you’ll probably get there faster than if you jump around looking for it. I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

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About Me

I am the President & CEO of Service Express, a National Best & Brightest Company to Work For. Service Express has averaged double digit growth every year since 2001.

We attribute our success to a unique corporate culture that we call The Service Express Way. I am a member of the Young President Organization and sit on the Board of the Spectrum Health Foundation.