The Myth Of Overnight Success


Success Comes From Hard Work & Preparation

One of my favorite books when I began my journey to improve my personal leadership development was “Diamonds In The Rough”, by Barry J Farber. I recently reviewed my notes from this book and have decided to share them with you periodically. The following are my notes from chapter 2: “The Myth of Overnight Success”:


The Myth of Overnight Success

  1. Being successful is hard in many ways; if it wasn’t hard, everybody would do it. When we look at successful people, we see the result of their blood, sweat, and tears – we don’t usually see the tremendous effort that went on before.
  2. Ordinary people expending extra ordinary effort can be whatever they want to be.
  3. There is only one sure-fire antidote for depression and that is action – meet challenges head on!
  4. Hustle + Confidence + Consistency + Competence = Success
    1. Hustle: give that extra 10% to go beyond what is expected of you.
    2. Confidence: the closer you are to your goal, the better you feel about yourself; the stronger you get and more likely to repeat successes.
    3. Consistency: practiced and repeated performance — which produces consistency of performance.
    4. Competence: confidence and consistency often lead to the discovery of abilities that we didn’t know that we had.
  5. “The secret of success is constancy to purpose” – Ben Disraeli
  6. Preparation is one of the cornerstones of any successful endeavor. Lack of preparation causes a lack of confidence
  7. Tips for getting ahead:
    1. Learn to analyze well: do research!
    2. Don’t be afraid to act!!
    3. Be a team player: give your employer allegiance & support. If you are frustrated and dissatisfied, go somewhere else.
    5. Don’t let success go to your head.
  8. Come early, stay late, work hard, play by the rules, and stay physically fit.
  9. Have the courage to stick with your goals and ideas, even if they don’t always pan out.
  10. Most people who don’t achieve as much as they want in life don’t fall short because of lack of ability; but because they gave up too soon!
  11. Give 100% all the time. Ask yourself after every endeavor: “Did I give my best?” Remember William H Danforth’s motto: “To be our own selves; at our very best at all time. Knowing you put in your best at work allows you the guilt-free pleasure of enjoying your leisure time.


  1. Improve everyday: Be yourself & at your very best in everything you do. After every task, ask yourself: “Can I do better?” Do all the little extras you’d rather not do. There’s one thing that everyone has in common: “There’s always room for improvement….”
  2. THINK: Most people don’t succeed because they don’t think. Sit down with a notepad and write down your goals & ideas. Come up with ways that you can improve the things you’re doing now, and ways you can work more efficiently in the future.

One response to “The Myth Of Overnight Success

  1. Coach,

    Great list here, I would also like to add, the art of working ‘smarter’ – quality over quantity will always make you take steps towards your goals. Too few players realize how important game-intelligence is.


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