Overnight Successes…They Don’t Happen Overnight

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”
–Steve Jobs

My husband and I were talking about this very thing the other night. We enjoy watching the stories of people who have succeeded in different areas like music, sports, and business. The one thing they all have in common is that even though some of them look like overnight successes, they aren’t.

When watching or reading their stories we find out that they spent years working in the area they wanted to succeed. Before they became famous on the big stage, they spent a lot of time on small stages. Before they made their fortune, they spent a lot of time investing and losing money. Before they became a sports sensation, they spent hours playing the game. Overnight successes don’t happen overnight, they take a long time.

The other thing about success is we, as Christians, need to give credit where credit is due. If we are working hard and succeeding it is as much a blessing from the Lord as it is our efforts. We read in Deut. 8:18, “But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, . . .”


Another quote I like is from Abraham Lincoln.

“I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let them down.”

I get this. There are people who believe in me and I’ll work hard so I won’t let them down or disappointment them. I also feel the same way about the Lord.

 I don’t want to let Him down either.

What drives you to succeed? What is your motivation? Who believes in you?

Take those answers and no matter how long it takes you, keep moving toward your goals. And if you feel like giving up, read Deut. 8:18 again, “But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability . . .” and if He gives you the ability, He will also give you power!


Scriputure from the English Standard Version
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Beth Fortune

Beth has a passion for God's Word. Through her writing and speaking she allows the heartbeat of the Father to flow through her words. As an award-winning writer she’s a contributing writer with Christian Devotions and has had stories published in two "Chicken Soup For the Soul Book" Series in addition to other anthologies. Some of her articles have been published in Focus on Family’s "Thriving Family" magazine and Dr. Charles Stanley’s "In Touch" magazine. With a degree in Ornamental Horticulture she loves gardening and enjoys giving gardening talks to churches, schools, and community groups but her real enjoyment comes from sharing God's truths and encouraging others. She and her husband live in Mauldin, SC where they are in a season of caregiving for her father-in-law in the home. A diffiult season, but one in which God continues to show His grace. You can visit her at www.bethfortune.net.

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