The Most Undervalued Factor of Success


When I look at people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Mark Zuckerberg, it’s hard to think of them when they were at the stage I’m at now. We never had the chance to see the whole process and the years of hard work that those people had to put in to get where they are now. Sometimes I catch myself viewing each of them as an overnight success; people with good ideas who quickly built multi-billion dollar empires. The truth is, Warren Buff didn’t become a billionaire until he was 55 years old. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg both became billionaires at a young age, but they also spent years and years mastering their crafts and trying out different ideas.

In my entrepreneurial journey, I find myself wanting immediate success. I want to be a millionaire, but more importantly I want to impact the lives of millions of people. I see people like Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Eric Thomas, doing what I want to do. They make it look so easy. It’s a harsh reality to realize that success in life is only achievable through a ridiculous work ethic and a genuine passion for the process itself.

“Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.”

Patience is rarely talked about in becoming successful, and I believe it’s the most important factor of all. Without patience, it’s very easy to relentlessly put in the work for a year, and then give up when you still haven’t made it. Typically, it’s a five to ten-year process to truly master something and reach the level where you’ve “made it.” Admittedly, I’m not a very patient person; I want everything to happen right now. I only published my book and launched my company three months ago, and it’s driving me crazy that everything hasn’t just exploded yet. But I have to remind myself that in the grand scheme of things, three months is nothing. This may be a five to ten-year process, and I’m in it for the long haul. That’s why having a genuine passion for what you’re pursuing is so critical. I absolutely love writing and speaking, so the grind is enjoyable for me.

After reflecting on my journey so far, that’s the best advice I can give: take massive action, and be patient. That’s just the way the world works, and if you can be disciplined enough to do those two things, you can have anything you want in this world.

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