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Thursday, November 17, 2011

I got a kick out of this illustration that gorgeous blogger Jennine of The Coveted sent me.


(I’ve seen this, uncredited, all over the Internets. If it’s yours or you know where it originated, let me know so I can credit it.)

It’s reassuring to see that some experiences are universal. The saying, “It takes ten years to be an overnight success,” has a similar effect on me. It helps to know that my jewelry business has a few more years to go before I need to panic. But I don’t want to wait too long, so I was alarmed when singer Cee Lo Green said it took him 18 years to become an overnight “sensation.” Then I recalled my less-than-sensational experience with Cee Lo at Lollapalooza this summer. Yeah, there might be a reason he needed the extra time.

My photo of Cee Lo at Lollapalooza. Click for my original post.

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19 Responses to “The Truth About Success”

  1. Cameron
    Twitter: CameronMiquelon
    says:

    And all it took for him to make it was a conversation with a reckless rodent set to a simple collection of notes. Does that make him crazy?

    *looks at photo*

    Possibly.

    Anyway, may we all be a success someday. And if not, at least Bill Shatner knows our pain. Even wrote a song about it, I believe. ;)

  2. Rowena says:

    According to Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers), it takes 10,000 hours of practise to become an expert – in anything, which is about ten years. So you can have talent, but the success comes with the time spent doing what it is you do until you become amazing. I’m sure a lot people have read this/know this already, but still, it’s very interesting…

  3. Rowena says:

    I think Cee Lo was clearly distracted by the pain in his underarms from those straps….

  4. Great illustration, made me smile. It is all about enjoying the journey really. Xxxx

  5. You are right…..to most people on the outside, everything looks wayyyy easier than it really is.
    Only YOU know the countless hours of hard work and lost sleep you have endured …..you ARE a great success Wendy:)

  6. you did drop him as a role model, right? right?? Your jewelry is fabulous, as are you. You = success!

  7. savvy gal says:

    so agree with that chart.

  8. Susan Tiner says:

    Not to be a Debbie Downer, but at some point even waiting ten years is too long.

  9. The Style Crone
    Twitter: judithstylecrone.com
    says:

    I’m always pondering the definition of success and the process seems to be as important as the outcome!

  10. Pam @over50feeling40
    Twitter: over50feeling40
    says:

    Thanks, Wendy, this post helped me more than you will ever no today…right time, right message!

  11. lisa says:

    The other funny thing about success is, is there ever a point when you look at yourself and consider yourself successful? I’ve been contacted for blog interviews profiling “successful career women,” but in my head I can see myself having a long way to go. For Christ’s sake, I’m only 27! There’s still a lot to do before I’ve “arrived.”

  12. brett says:

    lol @ CLeo
    love the illustration
    brett

  13. K-Line says:

    I do love that…

  14. Topaz Horizon
    Twitter: FrancesASales
    says:

    I like this one:

    Success is like being pregnant. Everyone congratulates you but no one knows how many times you were fucked.

    ;)

  15. Mary says:

    Since when are you not a success?

  16. stacy says:

    What the hell is that?
    I’m scared!

  17. Elizabeth says:

    Dang, he watched “The Road Warrior” too many times!

  18. lexi says:

    Love this post. And thank you – I needed the pep talk!
    lexi xx