There’s a reason Ellen DeGeneres once said that “it’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.”
When you see someone who’s rich, successful, or famous, they might make it look easy. Often times we don’t realize that before they got to where they are today, they failed. Hard. The success is the tip of the iceberg — but what lies under the surface is often years and years of doubt and struggle.
Rather than subscribing to the myth of overnight success, let’s learn to embrace the journey. It’s on the winding road to success that we learn, grow, and improve. No one wakes up one day learning how to walk or read or speak a different language. Anything that’s truly worth doing takes time. So be patient with yourself and don’t get discouraged.
For inspiration, check out the infographic below on eight successful people. Notice their success timelines and remember that the next time you feel like your life isn’t where you want it to be yet.