What do Pharrell, Jo and Richard have in common? They’re considered overnight successes. They got lucky.
Pharrell Williams is best known for his 2013 single, “Happy”, a song written for the movie “Despicable Me 2” and when released as a single sold over 10,000,000 copies. What you may not know is this happened 23 years after his music career began.
It took Jo seven years, a divorce, 12 publishing house rejections, and living on welfare to move her first Harry Potter book from conception, while on a delayed train in the UK, to publishing for a £1500 advance. Since then, J.K. Rowlings has sold over 400 million “Harry Potter” books.
Richard Branson, the man behind Virgin Atlantic Airlines started his business career at age 16 with a magazine called “Student”. A quarter of a century later it took a near bankruptcy and sale of his beloved Virgin Records before Virgin Atlantic emerged as the international airline it is today.
The truth behind most overnight successes: it was a very long night.
Think they just got lucky? Seneca the Younger said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”. If not for all the years of hard work and persistence through difficulties and setbacks, these and many others would not have succeeded.
How does this relate to romance?
How is your attempt to be more romantic going?
Have you been trying to have more romance in your relationship, worked at it and wondered:
- Is all the time you’ve spent learning how to be more romantic worth it?
- Will your sweetheart notice the effort you’ve put into keeping romance alive?
- Will you get lucky with romance?
What I can tell you is the answer will be a resounding NO! . . . unless you continue studying, continue training and continue preparing for those moments when your preparation meets opportunity. And “suddenly” you’re a romantic. It just seems to happen that way. Robert