“The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life, clearly discerns his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers. Even genius itself is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.” – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
This quote eloquently captures the essence of the overnight success… The journey, dedication, persistence, and plain hard work are so often overlooked by the uninformed. No one really ever becomes an overnight success. Someone may one day wake up and find themself successful and perhaps even a celebrity, but the reason it’s a surprise is because they had their head buried in their work and only realized where they were because they came up for a breath of air…
If you took the time to ask the individual, or the members of a team, or company, if they are or were surprised by their success, the answer might surprise you… Typically the answer will be something of a modest reply about always knowing they would be successful eventually.
What is fixity of purpose? How does one clearly discern the object of their desire? What method is used to habitually direct their power? How do we develop the skill of observing vigilantly? How about steadfast resolve, how does one become resolute? Is it really possible to grow unconsciously into genius?
Napoleon Hill suggested a burning desire was required… Henry Ford said if you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right. Hill also said, whatever the mind of man can conceive and BELIEVE, he can achieve. Is it then belief coupled with a steadfast singleness of purpose that overcomes all challenges and obstacles? According to Earl Nightingale, we literally become what we think about most of the time… A great question for each of us to consider then might be: What am I becoming?
Author: Bobby Kountz
Bobby Kountz is a former Oncology Nurse, a seasoned Oncology Sales Professional, and Personal Development Enthusiast. He is also an Inspirational Writer, Professional Speaker, Personal Development and Career Transition Coach, Dedicated Community Volunteer, Social Equality Activist, Mental Health Activist, and Loving Father and Husband.
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