Continued from Part 1…
My assistant reminded me of my ultimate goals because he thought we would reach them by now. As much as I want, success does not happen overnight. It is very much a journey, which means that it takes gradual steps and besides the hard work, it requires tremendous patience.
I did lay out a roadmap for my business and I presented it to my assistant during the hiring process. Maybe I did not explain it well so the message did not really get across or maybe it was forgotten, which made me realize that I need to talk about my mission all the time. My assistant was expecting to be immediately working on the most exciting part of the whole project without realizing that we needed to have a lot of work done before we can get even close to starting that exciting part.
Because it is a journey, it is important to differentiate the long-term goals with the short-term goals. You cannot reach the long-term goals unless you tackle the short-term goals one by one. On the one hand, it is important to focus on the short-term goals without losing sight of the bigger picture. On the other hand, it is equally important to be patient and actually go through all the milestones and build up the experience and strength to achieve the long-term goals.
Yes, overnight success is possible. But statistically speaking, it only happens to a very tiny fraction of the population. It is the courage, persistence, patience, self-discipline and the why-power that carries the majority of people to the other side.
I started preparing, doing marketing research, and learning how to start a business in September 2017. I only finished the first draft design of the product in March 2018, and the development work only started this month in July. It took me a long time to get things started, gain the momentum, and finally see some breakthrough.
It is really the incremental changes and the small decisions which keep on accumulating that eventually make a radical difference. Without patience, I probably would have quit it a long time ago, like I did for so many other things in my life. Quitting is always easier after all. But I am proud that I am still here, actively working on my dreams and being patient with the results as I get closer and closer to my dreams.