Just Keep Going
I feel like the world is obsessed with overnight success. Everywhere I go, I feel like I hear stories of people getting huge lucky breaks, giant wins and just unforeseen, amazing successes which come out of nowhere. But here’s the thing, it never comes out of nowhere! We all hear about YouTubers posting vids and getting famous overnight, I call BS. Even if she/he does get a viral vid, the chances are, if you look on their channel, there will be 200 vids that DIDN’T go viral. Also, look at the production quality, that didn’t happen by itself, they didn’t turn on a webcam and just press go, they put a lot of time and effort into learning and implementing all things editing, lighting, shooting, reshooting, EVERYTHING. All the little things you don’t see, they ALL TAKE TIME, PRICE, EFFORT, SKILL, LEARNING and maybe even years of stage school, comedy school or media training which helped to give them confidence in front of the camera. You just don’t know! All we hear is, ‘She did a vid and it went viral, next thing you know she was ‘famous’!’. It’s not the truth, if you dig a little deeper, you will start to see all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.
The Myth of The Overnight Success
Similarly in business, for every success you see, you have no idea how many businesses they started failed, flopped or had to change direction. There’s nothing wrong with that because from every venture they will have learnt invaluable skills and lessons, but on the surface, it might look like an instant hit. Like everything they touch turns to gold. I’m sure if you read interviews or talk to the person, they will share all sorts of stories of mistakes, lessons, failures, whatever with you, but I feel like the world isn’t listening, because right now, it feels like no-one wants to hear about the set backs, ONLY the big wins. Perhaps it’s because we want to think that if this amazing unprecedented viral success / opportunity /chance meetings / thing happened for that person, it will happen to you, or me, or any of us tomorrow. Maybe that’s why we all do the constant loop of checking twitter / instagram / pinterest / youtube / emails… Did that big break happen in that minute where I wasn’t checking my phone? Did I just go viral? Has it finally happened for me?! Probs not because it’s not gonna happen when you are sat back checking out twitter accounts. And yes, I’m just as guilt of checking my twitter account 50 million times
‘Work Hard and Be Nice To People’
Before I started blogging I said to a BFF of mine ‘I don’t get it, how do these girls achieve a following and get noticed’ and she said to me ‘They write blog posts and they just keep going’. When I finally started my own blog, I kept hearing those words ‘Just keep going’ and I did. It’s been six years now and I don’t really think I’m ready to class myself as ‘successful’ yet, but I’ve done some cool stuff, learnt loads and had fun. And it’s all thanks to the fact I just kept going. The more and more I look around the less I see people as ‘overnight successes’ and the more I think ‘Damn, they worked REALLY HARD FOR THAT!’. Because waiting for stuff to happen for you, is never gonna happen, you have to work hard and make things happen and hope that you get a little luck along the way which makes all your hard work even more fruitful. In the words of artist Anthony Burrill ‘Work Hard and Be Nice To People’ and in the words of my good friend ‘Just Keep Going’. And never ever EVER feel bad about yourself because you’re not an overnight sensation.
Oh and this amazing coat is from Elvi, in case you were wondering! Much love guys xxxx