Everybody loves a good success story. It's inspirational to read about someone achieving the kinds of goals we dream about and seeing how they did it.
Unfortunately, the kind of success story we typically see might be eroding our ability to get things done. If you expect massive, breakout success, how motivated can you be for the daily grind. And how do you feel when your level of success absolutely pales in comparison with every story you read about?
One aspect of becoming more productive is "follow-through": the ability to keep going and see things through, once you've started them.
Needless to say, if you are bad at following through on your plans, your chances of achieving any kind of success are dim. As an entrepreneur, you have to be able to make it through the dry stretch: the period during which you're putting a lot of work into building something, but before any payoff materializes.
The problem is, almost every success story we read about is a version of a sudden, breakout success. It's an outlier success story. Either a literal overnight success or a story of a long struggle, followed by a spectacular breakout.
In either case, the impression we get is that success ought to happen explosively.
We don't read about "unexciting" success stories, but as you see in today's video, it's actually mind blowing how much personal value you can derive from a measure of success that is far from ever making headlines anywhere.
I think we can liken this to body image issues.
When almost all the bodies we see in images are super lean and/or bulging with muscles, it creates warped expectations. And we can end up feeling miserable about ourselves, not because there's really anything wrong, but just because we don't compare favorably.
In that sense, in today's video, I'm sharing my "dad bod" story of a small level of success. I do it using the very recent example of the launch of my productivity course. And this small and slow success is something that, to my mind, is absolutely worth striving for and worth working for.
Maybe, if we have different expectations about what real success looks like, we'd be better at sticking with something, even when no huge payoff is in sight. That's the main reason I made today's post. But what's your take on this?
This post was inspired by comments left on my previous posts about productivity. So, let's keep the discussion going!
I'm the founder of ActiveGrowth and Thrive Themes and over the last years, I've created and marketed a dozen different software, information and SaaS products. Apart from running my business, I spend most of my time reading, learning, developing skills and helping other people develop theirs. On ActiveGrowth, I want to help you become a better entrepreneur and product creator. Read more about my story here.
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