Trying to attain great success in life is like trying to climb a great mountain. They both involve substantial risk, a chance for major disappointment, and a sense of adventure. On your journey to success you will encounter many new problems - but you will encounter many new opportunities and wonderful experiences as well. You must be warned, however, that attaining your goals will likely take a lot longer than you may think. Not only does the mountain always look closer than it is, the mountain gets steeper as you get closer.
Perhaps you have explored your dreams and selected the field in which you would like to succeed.
You may want to own a fancy restaurant.
You may want to make a big difference in the environmental movement.
You may want to make a name for yourself in the field of public speaking.
Whatever area you have chosen, be warned that you can't turn ideas into reality overnight.
It just isn't going to happen - regardless of how talented, intelligent, or attractive you are.
In USA and Canada today, there is a persistent belief that it is possible to make it overnight.
One day you are taking singing lessons and the next day you are performing in front of 60,000 screaming fans in New York's Madison Square Garden.
One day you are an unknown struggling actor, and the next day you are turning down roles for some of Hollywood's biggest upcoming movies.
One day you are graduating with an MBA and the next day you are running a Fortune 500 company.
Magazines, newspapers, radio, television, and the Internet propagate this false belief about the making of overnight sensations. .
Fact is, you won't get your name in lights overnight - no matter how much you throw your heart and soul into it.
And it probably won't happen in a year or two, or even five.
Patience is important.
You must take your time in search of fame and fortune, assuming that's what you want to achieve in life.
The great movie director Francis Ford Coppola once claimed, "I've been failing for, like, ten or eleven years. When it turns, it'll turn. Right now I'm just trying to squeeze through a very tight financial period, get the movie out, and put my things in order."
As Coppola proved, good things come to people who work at it and are willing to wait.
The important project you start today may bring you fame, fortune, romance, or adventure.
It may take five, ten, or even twenty-five years, however.
The famous are successful because they finish important and difficult projects.
Even in Hollywood, success is in good measure a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
"I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up," reflected Harrison Ford. "Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn't give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you."
Clearly, success takes staying power and longevity.
The fact that success takes so long is a good thing, however.
Most people can't handle success, especially if it comes too quickly.
That's why American author Elbert Hubbard warned, "Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it."
What's more, if it was possible to attain overnight success, no one would get real satisfaction from it.
Trust me on this one: Overnight success happens only in fairy tales, trashy novels, and bad movies.
Given what is involved in achieving success, you will attain success much faster when you take your time and aren't desperate for it.
If you want to be a success in any particular field, whether it's in movies or computers, it pays to stick around for awhile.
Shoot for conquering the world of business or politics by the year 2017 or 2027 - instead of 2015.
This way your chances will be increased dramatically.
Above all, be patient because anything worth having takes time.