Virginia Bianco-Mathis
University professor, author

Virginia Bianco-Mathis

Business department chair of management programs at Marymount University and author of two books on executive coaching.

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A pebble in the pond

Q: In his first six days in the major leagues, the Nationals' Danny Espinosa blasted three home runs, including a grand slam. Do you find that your biggest successes come in big bursts, or as the result of slow and steady progress? Is success more about "base hits," or "home runs"?

I believe success only "seems" to come in big spurts because it is the published book, fabulous performance, excellent speech, mountain-top stance, or accepted diploma that gets touted, photographed, videotaped, written about, and applauded. What is not seen are the endless hours of off-stage toil, sleepless nights, bitter disagreements, and desperate cries.

Then, at the moment of success, the "pebble in the pond" effect takes over. One successful act spurs another. All of a sudden, the unknown author who has struggled for over ten years writes a book that becomes a best seller. Ten years of base hits result in a grand slam. He's interviewed on Oprah. He gets a spread in the New York Times. His book is made into a movie. His second book is anticipated with excitement.

So, get to first base. And then second. Play honestly and diligently in a game you believe in. Third base is waiting and that major hit might just be your next one.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis  |  September 13, 2010; 9:42 PM ET  | Category:  Success: fast or slow? Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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