This is one of my favorite quotes from Tony Robbins because it pulls me back to what is most important; the process and the journey of small daily incremental improvements. In today’s instant gratification society we fall prey to the myth of greatness.
The advent of social media has globalized communication and allows for greatness to spread around the globe like a wildfire. This gives the mistaken notion of an overnight sensation, but that could not be further from the truth. They are years of obsessive focus on deliberate practice to allow one to master their craft. This is what Malcolm Gladwell has popularized as the 10,000-hour rule.
If we go back in history and examine any master of their craft, there was always years if not decades, of intense focused work before they became an “overnight success.” However, I would like to focus on a modern-day example, Gary Vee – He is one of the most innovative entrepreneurs and marketers out there, and he perfectly illustrates this point.
He began Wine Library TV at Age 30 and then Youtube blows up. A year later he is on Conan O’Brien, and there are articles by Forbes and Wall Street Journal citing his genius. Is he an overnight success? Absolutely not! This is the myth of greatness that we too easily fall into. We are not readily privy to all the hard work he has put into building his business since the age of 14. There is nothing fundamental different between the giants in any field and you. However, THEY MADE themselves different by their intense effort, focus, and concentration they dedicated towards mastering their craft. If you are serious in achieving your dreams and mastering your craft you need to play the long game.