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Technology is a wonderful thing.
Want to watch a movie? Stream it. In seconds, you’re enjoying whatever film you like.
Want to go somewhere? Raise your wrist and call a car. Within minutes you are on your way.
We want what we want when we want it. For the most part, life can now give it to us.
At least… it can in most areas. In others, not so much.
On a regular basis, we see viral videos and follow the work of popular artists, entrepreneurs, and writers. Their work seems to instantly take off and reach thousands or millions of people. It seems so easy. So effortless.
Do things just come easier to some people? Is it merely luck and being in the right place at the right time?
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Right Place Right Time or Something More?
Well, sometimes it is being in the right place at the right time. But usually that comes as a result of showing up. The more you show up, the more you increase your chances of getting “lucky”.
Casey Neistat’s viral videos come from a ton of preparation, hustle, late nights, no sleep, smart timing, and oh yeah: 10 years of filmmaking experience.
Gary Vaynerchuk’s “overnight success” came from a decade of silence in his 20s and head-down work. Then another decade of hustle, a year of daily interviews with people who sometimes never got more than 5 or 10 views.
My “six figures in 3 days” launch of Learn Lettering came after 9,000 hours of practice on top of 10 years of business experience.
There’s something special about this 10 years number.
497 of the 500 most popular symphonies were made after the composer’s 10th year of work.
The 3 exceptions were in their 8th and 9th years.
Now that we live in the age of the internet, we expect things to go viral. We expect them to spread around the next day and if it doesn’t get the number of likes we want, the number of views we want, the number of downloads we want, the number of sales we want—sometimes even in a matter of hours or minutes—we think that it’s worthless.
Most things in life worth having are attainable by anyone. The answer is simple: hard work and patience. People seem to have neither and yet they are surprised at their lack of achievement.
Are you making work for tomorrow or for ten years from now?
I want you to really wrap your mind around ten years. How often do you think about ten years from now? Probably never. It needs to be more often.
I want you to think about ten years every day of your life.
Your best work is ahead.
Be excited and press on.