Success is a habit

Have you ever read a headline about a startup that sells for $1 billion? Or a magazine feature about an 18-year-old singer who releases a platinum album?

News stories like these are deceptive, because they never report on the years of sacrifice, blood, sweat, and tears behind success. The startup that sold for $1 billion? The founder had three failed startups before it. The platinum recording artist? She had been playing county fairs and making demos since she was 10.

Success is not the moment when a newspaper prints a headline. Success is a habit of hard work, practiced every day, for years and years, before anyone knows who you are.