David Perell+ Your Authors @david_perell "The Writing Guy" | I tweet about business, online learning, and Internet writing | My Podcast: perell.com/podcast | My writing school: writeofpassage.school/ Feb. 07, 2018 1 min read + Your Authors

1/ How long does it take to become an overnight success?

10 years.

2/ Social media gives us a false impression of the success of others.

Social media is a highlight real.

We see the success, but not the hard work.

We see trophies, not sweat.
We see diplomas, not homework.
We see performances, not rehearsals.

3/ As @james_clear once wrote:

"When your screen is filled examples of the strongest, richest, and smartest, it's easy to overvalue the outcome and undervalue the process."

4/ As @Naval says: “It takes 10 years to build a career in anything.”

5/ Our society romanticizes moments of insight.

But eureka moments occur because of all the work leading us to them.

The takeaway: Action stimulates inspiration more often than inspiration stimulates action.

6/ I'm always inspired by this photo of Jeff Bezos from 1997.

Today — 20 years later — he’s worth ~$120 billion.

7/ Bezos laid the foundation early.

The gains came later.

8/ This is called “The Ten Years of Silence.”

High production of work with very little recognition. Research supports this idea.

9/ John Hayes, a professor at Carnegie Mellon once studied thousands of musical pieces between 1685 and 1900.

His work was driven by a single question: "How long does it take to become a world-class musician?"

10/ Every composition was written at least a decade after the musicians started to take their work seriously.

There were only 3 exceptions, (written in years 8 and 9).

In follow-up studies of poets and painters, he found the same result.

11/ Ten Years of Silence.

"Timing, perseverance, and 10 years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success." - @biz, co-founder of Twitter

You can read the full thread on my website

🌟  http://www.perell.com/tweetstorms/10years  🌟

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