11 years ( Microsoft) and 8 years ( Google) to create hundreds of millions in value IS overnight success in my book. And your call to action reads like a sarcastic punchline given the content of this piece. Do you have a book entitled “Paint like Van Gogh in your spare time”?
Surely the true source of success is more elusive than a choice between get rich quick and dogged habit. And yes, the eureka moment is sexy but it never exists in isolation of what came before and who doesn’t love a guy who wins the US Masters after 74 attempts at a Major. And while on the subject of golf, it was Ballesteros, I think, who said ‘ the more I practice, the luckier I get’. For me the recipe for success includes, building the strength of character and resilience needed to remain focussed on the chosen mission; developing and deploying the necessary ‘technical’ competences including via the participation of others; exercising excellent judgement, the application of unconscious competence, at key moments; securing all necessary resources ( time, money, human and physical) and, a lucky break or two along the way.