No beating around the bush on this one. We have all been offenders when it comes to using the term " <insert name> was an overnight success." We need to change our mindset when we look at people who have had crazy success. First, I know overnight is a hyperbole but for whatever reason it still implies a short time frame. Success is not earned overnight or in a day or even a year for that matter.
Success is a lifetime accomplishment. Every piece of your life is a puzzle waiting to be solved. Some pieces do not make sense in the bigger picture. The jagged edges sometimes lead you to believe that a piece might fit but sometimes leave you more confused then when you picked up the piece. Then there are clusters of pieces that all seem to match up well and form the start of a picture. Once the picture is formed, the pieces cascade and start to make more sense and jagged edges seem to become a smooth cohesive unit. Alas you have figured out the true meaning of what makes you tick.
The irony is that some feel that you used a magical device to put the puzzle together in a matter of hours. The successful people realize that success is truly a simple equation: SUM(all life events).