We Should Write about More Stories about Incremental Progress that Leads to Success

Most success stories are depicted as a sudden rain of good fortune. A genius or a super talented individual got famous in just a matter of seconds. There’s more research though that explains success as an accumulation of years of experience. Eckhart Tolle talks about the 10,000 hour rule, where fulfilling that number of hours is necessary if one wants to become an expert. In Grit, Angela Duckworth talks about the said trait that allows people to keep going despite setbacks and she also talks about the need for deliberate practice. Yet, in movies, in feature articles, and in the stories we share with our friends, we still purport the fantasy of instant success.

I guess it’s more romantic to think that something came so easy, that something was simply destined to happen, that something was just right. Hard work is unsexy. Even I want life to sweep me off my feet and give me my happy ending not later but now, now, now! How will we start abandoning such illusions and begin believing in more realistic notions of success?

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