Seth Kahan
Author, consultant

Seth Kahan

Change expert and author who has advised executives in 50-plus organizations, including Shell, World Bank, Peace Corps and NASA. He can be reached at


A long time coming

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?

Scott Brown did not materialize out of thin air and neither did his opportunity. Both were a long time coming. He was training for it all along, just as he does his triathlons. There is nothing that makes good luck like preparation.

Overnight successes are a reality. Your odds of achieving a short, steep climb to achievement are increased the more you develop yourself and build your reputation. Everyone with a goal should prepare for the day when the stars align so you can seize the moment as Brown did.

Next, of course, is the demanding performance that comes with living the life of a U.S. senator. If Brown has done his homework, he is ready to play in that arena. Time will tell.

Success is about more than the rise. It is about sustainability. That means not only training for the contest, but also adapting successfully to the changing weather of circumstance.

By Seth Kahan  |  January 25, 2010; 12:02 AM ET  | Category:  "overnight" success Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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