Celeste Owens

Celeste Owens

A motivational speaker and licensed psychologist with a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.


Instant coffee? Sure. Instant Success? No.

Q: How often do achievements like that of the newly elected Republican senator from Massachusetts seem to materialize out of thin air? Do you believe in the concept of overnight success?

There are many things in life that are instant -- grits, oatmeal, pudding, coffee -- but success is not one of them. And anyone who believes otherwise is destined for a lifetime of disappointments.

Any dream worth having comes with much business and painful effort. Ask Scott Brown. I am convinced he didn't spend that last 50 years twiddling his thumbs until the Senate seat opened. No, he made some decisions (both good and bad) that worked together to get him where he is today.

Of course, we all love the get-rich-quick stories or those about "overnight success" (e.g., Rachel Ray and Jennifer Hudson). But at closer glance we learn that the recipients of our admiration actually worked very hard to arrive at their big break.

This concept of overnight success is just wrong; that's why so many are frustrated, discouraged, and plagued by circumstantial depression. "No good thing comes without a sacrifice" is a phrase I repeat often when I am working on a particularly arduous task. "This too shall pass" is another one.

Your dreams will happen but in their own season -- and not instantly.

By Celeste Owens  |  January 25, 2010; 10:19 PM ET  | Category:  "overnight" success Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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