Why does success often take time?

Have you ever taken up an exciting adventure? Probably, a ‘lose weight in 30 days' plan or a ‘learn French in 2 months' or even ‘developing healthy dieting plan'.

So excited you draft out your plans, set calendar reminders and bask in the adrenalin rush of “successful feeling ”.

You imagined success, talk about it and daydream about it. You work hard at it and give it all you’ve got.

But it's been a few weeks now, nothing. your plumb body is still visible, your tongue still can’t flow in French. And then, your bubbles bust.

What is going on wrong? Why is it taking this long? Why is it taking so long?

Why does it often take long to be successful at anything?

Well, read on. You are about to find out.


Success is relative. However, in general, Merriam Webster defined it as “ the correct or desired results of an attempt.”

So, success works with attempts. And attempts denote work. And work is carried out within a factor called Time.

So, why does this unpleasant factor called time affect our attempts at success so much?

Read on.


1. No Shortcuts

Ever come across a coding or website designing process?

The skeletal frame of the website design looks useless.

You can go on and write them out; the <html, header, title, and body> and nothing shows visibly in your web browser (when you copy and paste the path).

Yet these features must feature first before anything.

Why then are they this important since they have no visibility? The answer is; They are inbuilt processes; there are no shortcuts around them. And so is success.

Success has no shortcuts. Why does success often take so long? You must duly follow the path and carry out the step by step instructions.

2. Growth Process

Let’s use a seed to illustrate this point.

Have you ever planted a seed – if you haven’t, you’ve seen someone else who did.

Each seed sown in the soil doesn’t just take in root, grow stems, branches, leaves, flowers and fruits instantly. No! I bet you, if yours did that, you would flee from it. And so is success.

Success feeds on three essential ingredients; time, patience and commitment. Success takes time, trust the process.

Top 5 success quotes.

As a bonus, here are five top quotes on success to help you.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelict. The slogan ‘press on' has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.”

- Calvin Coodige

“The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.”

- Colin R. Davis

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”

- Herman Melville

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”

- Winston Churchill

“Do not be weary in doing good. For you will reap a harvest if you don’t give up.”

- The Bible

Overnight success doesn’t exist. In fact, it takes 10 years to become overnight success. Success takes time, trust the process.




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