An Overnight Success

Posted on December 17, 2015 by

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Adapted from an email I received today:

This past weekend in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships) Irishman Conor McGregor defeated champion Jose Aldo…in 13 seconds. The fastest championship KO in the history of UFC.

You might love ultimate fighting. You might hate it. You might know nothing about it. But, there is a super important lesson here that has to do with your success.

With the win, it is estimated that McGregor will earn 100 million dollars between fights, endorsements, etc. Some folks online have called him “an overnight success” or have said things like “13 seconds and he gets 100 million dollars? RIDICULOUS!”

But if you dive deeper, as you can probably guess, there is more to the story.

Here is an excerpt pasted on Facebook from a guy named Ryan Wallace (I have no clue who he is but this is gold):

“I’ve seen several articles today floating around about how much money Conor McGregor ‘‪#‎thenotoriousmma‬ ‘earned’ in 13 seconds, on Saturday night. And while there is no question it was an awesome payday for the new champion…
Here is what we don’t see…
– Before his first fight in UFC, he was told he wasn’t up to it, as he had not fought any UFC caliber fighters.
– Before him no Irish man had excelled in this business.
– Many have repeatedly told him he is overhyped, and that he will fail.
– At the age of 17, McGregor moved with his family to Lucan in west Dublin where he commenced a plumbing apprenticeship.
– For years, he worked 10 to 12 hours each day – and then went straight to the gym for training. He fought on the weekends.
– In 2006 he was introduced to ‘The Secret’ and started to apply the law of attraction in his life.
– He and his father nearly came to blows when McGregor told his Dad he was quitting to be a full time fighter. His parents were skeptical, because fighting for a living sounded like a bunch of nonsense.
– His parents and his family laughed at him when he said he would be a self made millionaire by the age of 25. (He was one year late fulfilling his prophesy by the age of 26.)
– He went 4-2 in his first six fights, showing promise but also holes that needed to be filled. He worked relentlessly on filling them. He constantly badgered the owner of the gym at all hours of the night, which prompted the owner to give him his own key, so he wouldn’t be woken up by phone calls in the middle of the night.
– Something clicked on his seventh fight, and went on a 14 win streak, including one of the fastest recorded knockouts in MMA ending a fight in 4 seconds at Immortal Fighting Championship in Letterkenny, Ireland.
– After tens of thousands of hours of practice, proving everyone wrong, and starting at the bottom — He became the Champion in just 13 seconds on Saturday night!
Many are now referring to him as, “The best pound for pound fighter in the world.
No…he didn’t earn millions of dollars in 13 seconds on Saturday night…..It took him a lifetime to become an “Overnight Millionaire”.
In the spirit of success,
Ryan.”

Every time you see a massive success story and/or a mind-blowing number (like Famous Rapper makes $100,000 per 45 minute show, or some new rapper gets a million dollar deal at a major label) just remember you are seeing the RESULT & not the journey, struggles, failures, the time put in, etc.

Use these stories for motivation and not intimidation.

Remember, one step at a time.

And remember every thing you do every day that moves your career forward is one step along the journey.

Keep moving. Keep taking action.

Overnight success takes years.

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