Justin Hiebert

Catalyzing Change

The Myth of “Overnight Success”

Posted on 30 Jun 2015 in Coaching, Leadership | Comments Off on The Myth of “Overnight Success”

We all want to be successful, or at least our own version of it anyway.

We want to start our own business, or be part of a company takeover, or become CEO, or rule the the world (boy, that escalated quickly). Some of us want to manage a multi-national corporation, and some of us just want to make it through the day with a family, a place to call our own, and the game on TV.

We can define success however we want to, but we all want it.

Stay at home parents have their own version of success and what they want for their children.

Executives set goals for themselves and the company.

All business have success based goals.

As leaders, it’s important to define success. You won’t go anywhere without it.Working

Without the clear goal to success, nothing will ever happen. We end up with the Alice In Wonderland complex:

“Which road do I take?” she asked.

“Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire cat.

“I don’t know,” Alice responded.

“Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”

Leadership, and our own growth as leaders, require that we approach it with intentionality, purpose, and direction. Because the truth is that that there really is no such thing as an ‘overnight success’

Bill Gates needed six years to become an overnight success. Steve Jobs took almost a decade. Facebook needed five years.*

The reality? The real story of the overnight success almost never happens. It’s people, doing a lot of hard work, putting in lots of extra hours, and doing more and pushing harder than their competition.

Leadership is the same way. There is no overnight success story of leadership. It’s lots of hours and a commitment to learning and discipline that create the great leaders. Great leaders have failed often, but always commit to growth and transformation.

If you want to be a leader, learn to plan in advance. Who are you now? Where do you want to go? Who do you need to become to be the leader you want to be?

That’s a lot of what I like about coaching. It creates the space and atmosphere for people to explore those questions and then empowers them to make the transformations necessary to embrace their inner leader and get more out of life.

Share in the comment section below what your leadership development plan is for the next year and who you want to be as leader.


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Justin Hiebert

Coach - Change Catalyst - Speaker at JSHiebert Leadership Coaching
I'm here to help you break free of the stuck areas in your life. As a coaching catalyst, I'll help you discover your Life Purpose, live with greater passion, and develop clarity. I specialize in leadership development, holistic health, burnout, and relationships. I frequently write, speak, and teach in these areas, and would love to help you however I can. Outside of work, I love my wife, children, and the great outdoors. I can frequently be found reading a book or riding motorcycles.

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