Are Success Stories Eroding Your Ability to Get Things Done?

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?

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A Warped Perspective

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.

What's Your Take?

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!

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About the Author Shane Melaugh

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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  • murray says:

    So True Shane , especially with Top Producers ..they are constantly setting way too high expectations and when they are not met , they crumble.

    • Thanks for your comment! It’s a real shame when a promising project gets abandoned, just because it doesn’t meet unrealistic, short term expectations.

  • I completely agree. I think our expectations (in all kinds of areas – business, parenting, relationships) play a big role in our definition of “success”. And it’s encouraging, actually, to hear that outcome was proportional to work. That feels more within my reach than just waiting around for a viral miracle!

    • Yes, very good point. The same thing can be a detriment in other areas of life.

      I’ve been self employed for about 10 years now and not a single time have I had anything going viral or any kind of breakout success. I have, on the other hand, had many failures. Many attempts to launch something that didn’t go anywhere. Many product ideas that turned out to be bad. Many campaigns or pieces of content that went nowhere. And I can tell you that it’s entirely possible to build up a successful business (several, even), simply going step by step and getting a reasonable return on your work, some of the time.

  • Jacob says:

    Hey Shane. I’m really appreciating your honesty with this series. Missed the launch, but I am following your example of starting with a product instead of the other way around. Yours, Jakey Wakey

    • Thank you for your comment! And it’s awesome to see you implement the customer first strategy! It will serve you well. :)

  • Great video in part, I think, because you’re in the middle of your idea. Ironically, if all you did full time was talk about these themes, you would lose some of your luster, and turn into the rah-rah overnight success story guru that you’re analyzing as less-than-helpful to the rest of us! (Or the excitable guru who hasn’t mastered the topic but loves to humble-brag about it and creates a following that way.)

    You also have other gems in that video. For example, you LOVE Thrive Themes and all that, so your productivity course is a side gig that has more authenticity because you aren’t a productivity guru. That, ironically, keeps you more humble and makes more people intrigued with your offer. Also, you want to work hard and build something big, so you would not likely be HAPPY with a one or two info-product sale a year lifestyle.

    Your nature requires more, and I feel that is not talked about in great success stories. I have zero interest in living on the beach in a mansion, with a fancy sports car, yet that seems to be the main success story line. Or, the other extreme, is the hippie who lives out of their backpack, traveling the world. Also fine, but I have kids in public school, a husband who loves his location-based profession, two cats and two guinea pigs that love their “cages” (house for cats, cage for the piggies). And I do enjoy a simple home life.

    Great video and look forward to more!

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

      That’s another interesting point, isn’t it? Success stories often revolve around or include this cliche idea of wealth. Mansions, beach, expensive things. I guess that’s just something that easily gets a reaction out of people. But in the real world, almost no one’s values really align with this generic rich person lifestyle. When you get down to it, basically everyone is motivated by something deeper than that. But it’s just easier to show a drone shot of a mansion and some tropical island in a video, than to go a bit deeper.

  • Robert says:

    Yes, I agree. One of the best definitions of success was one Earl Nightingale said:

    “The progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”

    This means if you have a worthy goal and you are heading towards it, you are successful.

    Personally, I just retired to a low income and what some call a major health issue – to me, I just have a new normal.

    The income is enough to get by while I work on sharing my experience and my passions that can help many people. A worthy ideal.

    Freedom and working on projects you like is much more important! And, if you get this message when young, what a great knowledge to acquire! Take this message from Earl and Shane. Heading towards a worthy goal/ideal and quality of life is what matters. Money…decide on the amount you desire and give the value to attract it to you. ~ R.C.

    • Yes, this is great! Thank you for sharing!

      I love that quote and I agree with it very much.

  • Robert says:

    2nd comment: I wanted to add this idea that the worthy ideal or goal should be a focus that solves problems and not so much a passion. I have found that so many people including myself get stuck on this idea of having your work be a “passion.” (I know I used that word in the 1st comment.)

    When you do work that gets you into a flow state and the time just flys by, this is good work for you. You grow and new goals are set.

    I’ve been a janitor, a soldier, saleman and an executive. In each case, I was very good at what I did. Maybe, focus of doing good work is a passion in its self. ~R.C.

    • This is another downside of constantly chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: it’s the opposite of being process oriented, of being in flow, being in the moment. It’s a recipe for misery, really.

  • Justin Shane Ritter says:

    I’m an extremely creative soul and have an innate ability to do almost anything at a very high level once I zero in on it… There’s the rub, I have a hard time with too many irons in the fire and my life suffers because of this.

    In any endeavour, you will go over many hills and through valleys. It’s that last deep dip, the one that if you push through, success is inevitable. This is where we arrive at the true problem…

    Our expectations of where we think we should be because of the effort we have expended become misaligned. Doubt kicks in and becomes indifference which leads to putting yet another grand idea on the back burner until the flame fades away!

    Couple this phenomenon with a world full of instant gratification and exaggerated claims… well you’ve got yourself a problem that needs correcting. I know these things and yet still struggle with this thing I allow in my life…It’s crazy I haven’t closed the door on this monster.

    Because…I’m good at being honest with myself and facing life and the challenges that come along head on, except for this too-many-ideas-scatter-brain-hard-time-sticking-on-one-thing-through-to-completion Monster that I created and continue to breathe life into…

    Like right this moment I have a new song bouncing around in my head as I write this. I write some really great music and yet I don’t share it with the world. Songwriting and recording is my love and also a really tough industry, so I do all these other things…

    Anyway…I’m enjoying hearing your take on this productivity focus issue and respect your views. You’re a younger man than I yet you have a firmer grasp on this than myself. These latest posts of yours brought to my attention just how big a problem I have with this and it’s time to put an end to it…

    Carry on Shane…you have a knack for delivering value in a very consumable fashion!

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. Like you say, realizing we have a problem is usually not enough to actually solve it. There’s a painful step that you don’t want to take, even as you suffer from a problem and see yourself suffering from it. We can get comfortable in an uncomfortable situation.

      It sounds like the skill that would help you is that of saying “no”. No to many of the new things that tickle your fancy, so you can say a firmer “yes” to something else.

      • Justin Shane Ritter says:

        Spot on Shane… I believe it was Steve Jobs, when asked about his ability to focus, replied with something along the lines of… Focus is the ability to say “no” to good ideas on a regular basis. I’ve really gone all-in here recently and I’m putting this problem to bed, once and for all. I actually kick-started the process by implementing your suggestion of writing down exactly what I wasn’t going to do in 2019.

      • Great stuff! Indeed, saying “no” is the critical component to focus and prioritization. And it’s also really hard to do. But it’s absolutely worth it!

    • David Moran says:

      My name is David and I must be your long lost twin. I to have ‘irons in the fire’ yet nothing sold. I am fed up of writing to help yet cannot seem to help myself.

      • Justin Shane Ritter says:

        Hey, long-lost twin David. Sometimes in order to help others, you first have to stop… and help yourself. In that spirit, I’m stripping away old habits and behaviors that are holding me back. Once I have me, myself and I aligned and in a better place, I’ll be in a much better position to resume helping and serving others.

        Shane’s recent articles really made me think about my scatter-brain approach, my misaligned expectations and lack of serious focus! Sounds like you’re in the same boat and maybe it’s time to stop and help yourself find true north again…

  • Karen says:

    Yes, Shane! I completely agree that the idealistic & “one-off” success stories DO create barriers to “the rest of us” feeling like we can succeed and succeed well…

    What’s fascinating to me is that — until you introduced that point — I was **totally unaware** of its impact!

    It’s transparent because it is so pervasive & omni-present! That makes it even more insidious…because we all just tend to accept it as “normal!”

    In my case, it’s probably the one single most impactful factor in my procrastination (taking me 2+years to get my current website finished and my flagship course launched)…and I didn’t even realize it was lurking there in the background, creating doubt and negativity!

    I firmly believe that we get more of that which we focus upon, and I’m convinced that hearing more of the “everyday success stories” would go a long way to changing the paradigm of what it means to be successful…at least for some of us!

    Once again, you’ve revealed an important societal factor that I believe is contributory to inhibiting success stories for “the rest of us!”

    Ah, but now that we know…it changes the narrative! :-)

    Thank you!

    Karen

    • Thank you, Karen!

      I think you make a very important point here: these stories are all around us. So much so that we don’t even notice. Sometimes, what we think of as “normal” and never question can be a real obstacle.

  • chris hobson says:

    Hi Shane. I am starting a wedding photography business having been a lawyer for some 30 years. I expected it to take off just like that, but I now realise this is not reality.

    Your post has confirmed that my expectations were off the chart, and I thank you for that as it inspires me because I know this will take time and lots of hard work “grinding” as you say.

    But it also means there is no reason to get “down” if it does not take off immediately as this is not a realistic expectation.

    I have to create an audience, which I will do by persevering and “grinding”, and then the work will come……

    Thanks for this post

    Chris

    • Thank you for your comment, Chris! I’m happy to see that this video resonates with you and helps give you some perspective on your own experience.

  • Rick Ellwood says:

    Hi Shane,

    I must admit I am gutted I didn’t have the funding at the time to get in on the launch of your focus and action productivity course but I’m sure to pick it up later on when I’m flushed after selling a few of my own products this year ;-)

    As for this video, I am totally with you on the fact that we do not need to get a get rich quick product off the ground to ..err…get rich quick lol

    I have just started another fresh blog style website this year and its based around me and anyone else who needs help in getting unstuck actually making their own products and pushing through those barriers that seem to constantly throw us off track.

    I was shocked to hear in I think it was the video for your product launch, that you say that you have focus issues and that you procrastinate a lot too!

    I am a serial procrastinator…but I always come back (And so does Arnie) to trying to make stuff work but usually under a different course and so the groundhog day begins.

    Not this year though!
    No way man…I am doing what I can to take some form of action every day with the goal that one day I will finish my daytime career and continue in my greyer years helping others push through and get them unstuck a lot quicker than its taking me.

    Thanks for the tips in your videos,
    Rick

    • Thank you for your comment, Rick!

      Indeed I struggle with procrastination, a lack of focus, task overwhelm and a slew of other issues. This is one of the reasons I feel qualified to make a course on productivity: this stuff doesn’t come easy to me. I have to build a cultivate habits and systems in order to be able to get stuff done and reach goals.

  • Dean White says:

    Hi Shane, a great question.

    I believe you are successful if you are pursuing something that you believe in.

    However, we are bombarded with overnight stories of ‘success’, which feeds the masses. For the few of us that are pursuing our success journey’s (often alone), doubt can and often creeps in.

    I use two forms of motivation to keep me going…

    1. The ‘push’ – great feedback from my customers and friends. Also realising that success is the journey and whom you become, rather than fame and fortune.
    2. The ‘pull’ – fear of regret. I do not want to be at a ripe of old age and look back with ‘if only I did this or that but didn’t because of ’.

    When I do see success stories, and they are genuine, I take a different approach to many. Instead of thinking ‘they are so lucky, I wish I had that’ (and feel inadequate), I think ‘well done you, I can see that you have put in many years of effort to get to where you are today’.

    I have had to re-frame my thinking (which has taken some years), which wasn’t easy.

    Dean.

    PS. Keep up the great work, well done!

    • Interesting that you use the terms push and pull as well. I use this as the two parts of motivation in the course, too. :)

      Your approach of reframing looks good. For me, a way I try to reframe or change my perspective is to focus on “what kind of a person/character is this?” instead of “what are the things they did?”

  • Venkat Rao says:

    Hi Shane, loved the message. There are two gauges for success — the external and the internal. When one is content and satisfied internally with what they have achieved, it is bigger than any external “big success.” Trying to take the outlier successes as role models can only lead to frustration. Becoming better than our previous self is a good success indicator.

    • I agree, yes. This kind of intrinsic motivation is definitely far more long lived than chasing external results.

  • Shane,

    As a user of Thrive Themes I am glad to see that your work over the years is paying off in audience and customers, giving you the opportunity to touch more people with your creative gifts.

    I will add my thoughts on this issue of procrastination because I have lived through the issue and come out on the other side. Success is not about what you did or didn’t achieve yesterday, any more than its a moment or destination in your future. Success is about the action you take today on an intentional journey of purpose. If you have your purpose aligned in your life and business, the only reason you have left for procrastination is the fear of embracing the superhero that is inside you.

    • Thanks for your comment, Michael! I think there’s a lot of value in becoming process oriented and acting in the present.

  • Stretch Fletcher says:

    Shane, you biscuit. I totally relate to what you are saying. Oddly enough I came to a very similar realisation a week ago, an epiphany of sorts. In essence, I sat back and admitted, to myself, that my worth now is not going to bring the chandeliers down anytime soon. I need to follow the path I’ve set, stick to my plan, persist and be patient. I know that doing this will bring me to my goal. The crazy thing is that what ties it all together for me, is a parallel goal and commitment to improve my skills constantly.
    Really enjoy and appreciate your stuff.
    All the best,
    Stretch

    • Yes! This is great to see. That skill focus has been so valuable for me, I’m excited to see that you’ve come to the same conclusion!

  • Ted Friel says:

    Shane … You ask

    At the personal level … is a humble level of success totally worth grinding through a couple of difficult years?

    At the society level … if we don’t achieve the immediate gratification of a viral break through, are we seen as a failure and are we discouraged from following thru on future efforts?

    These questions apply to all situations we face in life, e.g., in all our living, learning, working and playing situations and relationships.

    To answer these questions, at this broader level, a person needs to decide, FOR THEM SELF, what is the meaning to life.

    If you accept this challenge … “The only meaning to life is growth, therefore growth is worth any price, even work” … then you (the person putting forth the humble effort) have to decide what growth is for you in every situation (e.g., in your work example, developing a productivity series).

    If you want/need immediate fame and fortune, and this requires a viral break though, then you design your effort to achieve it. You probably will fall short because you are trying to achieve something that may be well beyond your control. And you may be discouraged from future efforts.

    If you want to produce an achievable result which can help others, and to do so you have to improve your skills, then you design your effort to achieve it. You are more likely to succeed, you will grow in the process, you are positioned for a next step up on your growth ladder, and you are encouraged to try again.

    Failure comes in any situation when you don’t decide who you are, what you want to accomplish, and how you will judge success (independent of how others judge you).

    A humble effort needs to be evaluated by a humble yardstick … not by whether it received world record acclaim.

    In my view, your exploration of “active growth” dimensions/questions overlaps with my “humble effort” to develop a site (using Thrive tools ) that gives people “tools” they can use … to manage their growth … to help others grow … and to build growth relationships. If you would like to explore the overlap further, I would enjoy doing so.

    • Thank you for your comment, Ted! Indeed, it seems that our expectations, our sense of identity and the way we pursue goals are all quite closely intertwined. It’s a fascinating topic.

      You can reply to one of my emails to tell me more about what you have in mind. :)

  • Bill H. says:

    Shane, your insight into this problem is right on target. Once I thought about it I could see how in the past it has affected my confidence that I could launch a successful business. I am just now building the business of my passion and will definitely keep in mind your story and keep my expectations in perspective. That doesn’t mean I won’t shoot for the moon, but I will not expect that to happen until I have put in the work and provided my customers with tons of value. Thanks for your observations.

  • John Rivers says:

    Thanks Shane. I love this post. Yes….the success stories can be big motivators and actually push us to get started. But we need to know and understand the reality of the process to get there.

    Just like weight loss. The before and after pictures are great motivators. But we fail to realize what goes on between each photo.

    On a side note: I cannot access the “focus & action” course. I have emailed several places to see what’s going on but have not heard from anyone yet. Thanks for your help.

    • Thank you for your comment, John!

      We are working on the access issue you mention. I’m very sorry about the inconvenience this is causing. I hope we can solve it today.

  • Scott Stoll says:

    Darn, I’m really regretting not signing up for your class. Unfortunately, my bank account is in the red. I say that because I agree it would be great if two years of work would afford me the “humble level of success” you discuss, but after 10 years of grinding away my bills have surpassed my income. I have followed through on couple really big projects. One was particularly successful, but I wasn’t able to roll it forward. Along the way, I seemed to have lost most of my audience. (Perhaps because I pigeonholed myself and didn’t produce enough content to keep people coming back.) And those that remain don’t really have much interest in my new project. So, starting from scratch… again. I think, perhaps, it is a myth that if you work hard you will succeed and that new entrepreneurs should temper their expectations with the possibility of only having experience as their reward.

    • Thanks for your comment, Scott!

      I’d never encourage anyone to buy something from me they can’t comfortably afford, so you made the right choice.

      I think it’s important to point out that hard work doesn’t necessarily result in success or any kind of payoff for that matter. I think this is one of the primary differences between being employed and being an entrepreneur. If you’re employed, you’re guaranteed some level of income and some level of security (although that’s getting less the case in many areas of the world) in return for the work you do. As an entrepreneur, you take the risk of working yourself to the bone and getting absolutely nothing in return.

      Maybe “do the work, get the result” is something I harp on about too much as well. For me, a key point is problem solving and strategy. I think that putting in the work is likely to lead to some level of success, as long as a significant part of the work you do is strategic problem solving and adjustments. It’s not just about churning out work, it’s about examining what you do, making adjustments, having a strategy, updating the strategy, and correcting your course. It’s about learning, skill building and doing work.

      This is something I could create some more content about as well.

      • Scott Stoll says:

        Thanks for the thoughtful response, Shane. I’ve copied it and will add it to my strategy for moving forward.

        I was thinking about my strategy and I realized that I need two strategies one for creating my product and one for marketing it. That may seem obvious, now. But I think my dilemma is that my passion is making the product, which can be all-consuming. And that doesn’t leave much time for the rest, like website building, business strategy planning, networking, et cetera. Perhaps your future video could break this down. For example, should one spend 80% of their time/energy creating and 20% marketing?

        Thanks again.

      • Conventional wisdom in the business space is more like 80% marketing, 20% product. I’ve never subscribed to that, though. Marketing is often the greater lever for affecting the bottom line, so if the goal is just to make more money, then more marketing is usually better.

        It seems like it’s your sticking point, so in order to get unstuck, I would suggest assigning more than just 20% of your time to it. Personally, I also like making products more than marketing. That’s why I love content marketing. And even for other forms of marketing, I can enjoy the creative aspect.

      • Scott Stoll says:

        Thanks again. I had no idea my formula was backwards to conventional wisdom. That explains a lot. :)

  • David Moran says:

    Hi Shane
    I am so fed up of creating products and none sold so far. What you spoke about makes so much sense. The catch 22 is having stuff written with no money to take it further.
    To make matters even worse, money is not available to pay for the information needed. Everything written is in the self-help market, mainly due to 30 years worth of N.L.P. knowledge.
    If you have a minute could you copy paste all the links to your video’s so I can devour them all.
    I have Thrive Architect and can build a site which is reasonable and then it all grinds to a halt, no income.

    • Hi David,

      Thanks for your comment! You can find all my recent videos on the topic on this productivity category page.
      You have expertise and you can create products. That’s great! Your sticking point is elsewhere. What’s the missing piece? If you look at competitors or people with similar business models as the one you are trying to build, what are they doing differently?

  • Jeanne Corvellec says:

    I really agree with all that! But, in fact, I’ve thought the same for a number of years now. Given my personality, I am also really *not* interested in any kind of exceptional success where random people might know your name, scrutinize your actions, etc. I find there’s a lot less freedom (and peace of mind) in that, than in a more modest, almost “hidden” success.

    I am, however, terrible at seeing things through. It may also be due to warped expectations, just not those which relate to outcome. I’m a fiction writer, and on a good day, I just *love* writing. It’s the best thing in the world. I also happen to believe that whatever I enjoy writing so much, people will enjoy reading, and vice versa (if I don’t enjoy it, it’ll seem crap to readers as well). So my expectation is, very simply, enjoying what I’m doing. I have a hard time admitting it’s unrealistic, because it’s happened to me a lot in the past. I had an incredible amount of fun writing my last novel, up until the end (actually, I even had more fun by the end). But that means I have very little tolerance to obstacles, or doubts, or boredom… If I don’t *love* what I’m doing, then why do it at all? Certainly nobody’s forcing me to, the world doesn’t need any more novels, and it’s not really making any money.

    Right now, my strategy is to try and see those “less-than-enjoyable” moments as challenges to rise to, as problems to solve, as opportunities to dig deeper. Sort of finding a different kind of fun (luckily I’m a nerd). We’ll see how that goes…

    • This is such an interesting problem, Jeanne! Thank you for sharing this.

      We all want to love what we do, but you beautifully describe an unexpected downside that can come from that.

      I think your outlook is excellent, by the way: treat difficulties as challenges. As puzzles to unlock. This is especially effective when you can work on a system to solve the problem, rather than work on the problem itself.

  • Gabriella Kozma says:

    What you say is totally realistic and most probably helps a lot of people who have unrealistic expectations about creating success. I want to share 2 important points here:
    1/ One has to have a healthy self-esteem to be able to go through the process. For this all of us need massive work on our personality and some and/or most of us need massive therapeutic work as well. I needed a lot at least.
    2/ Furthermore, in order to reach success you need to go through a lot of failures, much more than you initially think. And you have to be able to stand up after each failure. In order to be able to do this, besides having a healthy self-esteem, you need to do something which you love to do more than anything else. Only this can give you a never-ending motivation, which helps you go through the hardest times. In our school (Kahi Academy) we call this “to be in your element”. If you are “in your element”, the universe will feed you with enough energy to go on in every situation. If you try do do something, which is not your element, you won’t have enough energy supply for it. Whether or not someone believes in this spiritual explanation, it is obvious in my opinion that you need to do something you are passionate about, otherwise you won’t be able to go through all the hassles.

    • It’s true that entrepreneurship requires resilience against failure. Although one thing I noticed is that I don’t really experience these setbacks as failures anymore. I think I’ve gotten so used to the fact that not everything succeeds that it no longer registers as failure. It’s like a boxing match: you’re gonna get punched in the face, even if you’re winning. The first time you get punched, it’s a shock. But after a while, you just realize it’s part of the game. And getting punched in the face no longer feels like a failure. Only losing the match does.

  • Craig says:

    So I started my website in 2017 and it is mostly an affiliate marketing site.

    I quickly met several people that just made me feel terrible about my own progress because they saw breakout success quickly due to a having huge network already or by getting a single lucky one off share from someone with one.

    On the other hand the first 6 months I was in the space I learned everything from scratch and didn’t make a dime. I did it at night while I was doing my full time job during the day.

    Then earnings started to slowly trickle in and then increase and then get a little bitter each month. Last November and December my site pulled in enough to pay my mortgage payment both months which was amazing.

    Now that took tons of work and it took nearly 20 months of constant (for the most part) content production and reading and learning. The idea of just starting one night with one YouTube video or something is definitely not the norm and I wish when I got started that was more clear to me…

    • Thank you for sharing your story, Craig!

      I would like to remind you that you actually did better and got results faster than many people do. I’ve met many people who are still spinning their wheels 20+ months in. Sometimes, it takes years just to get properly started.

  • Pete says:

    Think you’re on to something there are no shortcuts

    • Thanks for your comment, Pete!

      Maybe there are some shortcuts, but I think most of them involve luck. :)

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