There’s No Such Thing As An Overnight Success | REPOST

There’s no such thing as an overnight success.

There I said it. But to my chagrin, I hear this “expression” (if you can call it that) much too often. I cringe every time I hear it. It burns my corneas every time I read it. “Over night success” I shudder as I type it out. I kid. (not really) And for good reason. It burns me when hardworking folks are not given their due credit. I’m bothered when writers, media, journalists, whoever; unknowingly discredit the countless hours , the blood, sweat, tears, skin, brain power, money, and hard work that goes into becoming successful, honing a craft, and perfecting a talent. This back handed compliment is nothing close to positive. At best it’s nearly impossible since anyone who creates anything for a living understands that the road to success is more like an unending journey. A winding, twisting, gut wrenching, expensive, frustrating, maddening, and time consuming path. One that never seems to have a beginning and rarely has an end; since the end spells the exact opposite of success. At it’s worst, the phrase is insulting, banal, reductive, and implies that “fate” is required to become successful. This notion is utterly absurd. Success is very measurable, observable, and able to be calculated. There’s only one pathway to success; hard work.

There’s only one pathway to success; hard work.

This road is lonely. Yes. While everyone else is living it up, gadding about, partying, relaxing, relishing in the sun; those who chase success are busy plotting, planning, reading, working, and grinding. Daytime, nighttime, morning time, midnight, dusk, dawn, anytime and every time. Those that want to be successful make time to be successful. Often when everyone else is asleep. They work harder. They plan smarter. They read more. Rehearse more. Learn more. Do more. And this is nothing against those that sleep. My point is that success never happens overnight. Success like love, takes time to cultivate. Success is something that is curated. It is honed and caressed. It is cared for, stoked, stroked, and polished. Success happens over time. Oftentimes those that succeed in finding success don’t even realize that they have it. Sure, success can be catapulted. Sometimes it has a defining moment. A pivotal action or chain of reactions that catapult it into the consciousness of the masses.

Some call this a stepping stone. Some call this a big break. The one action that takes all the long nights, the grueling days, and countless hours and shoots them into the public conscious like a batter hitting a baseball. Success has many names:

  • Micheal
  • Whitney
  • Mariah
  • Celine
  • Mark
  • Mohammed
  • Steve
  • Bill
  • Obama

Do you see where I am going? Everyone has a start. Before there was Michael and Obama there was Michael and Obama. Ordinary people that had extraordinary passion and a quest to do extraordinary things. They had more drive, more desire, more passion, and more work ethic than the average. While their peers were sleeping they were busy working. Not dreaming. Not resting. Not relaxing. Working. Every hour of every day they worked. No one else get’s to take credit for this. Not a manager. Not an investor. Not a coach. Not a producer. Not the stepping stone. Not a friend. Not fate. Not time. THEY are solely responsible for their success because they worked hard and believed when no one else would. They knew even before they knew that one day it would all pay off.

It’s true that they may have had a big break. Or a defining moment that put them or their idea into the consciousness of the public. Some made their own moment. Some never get a moment at all. They just quietly and defiantly worked. Every night. Every day. When no one else would. Success doesn’t happen overnight.

Calvin Eaton is a holistic health, wellness & gluten free foodie, chef, publisher and writer. He’s also the editor in chief of The Rochester Gluten Free Guide magazine & the gluten free chef blog.com which he launched in 2012 after years of living with the effects of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and celiac disease – conditions that are exacerbated by the presence of wheat, gluten, and dairy. His goal has always been to make gluten free living accessible to everyone. He along with the not-for-profit Prosper Rochester offers a variety of workshops, classes, networking events, and private lessons to those who are living gluten free.

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Same Script Different Cast | A Very Non-Gluten Free Related Soapbox

The basic components of the narrative remain the same:

  1. Lone male (most often white) enters into a very public dwelling
  2. Opens fire into unsuspecting masses
  3. Kills countless innocent humans
  4. Taking many precious lives
  5. Physically and emotionally harming many others
  6. Shoots self or is shot dead in the head
  7. Cue media frenzy
  8. Cue media and social media bickering, chaos, and unethical shoddy, shipshod, and sketchy at best “news reporting”

We could only wish that this was the synopsis for a very poor entry level screenplay, script, or novel manuscript. This narrative has in the last 2-5 years become a semimonthly, weekly, DAILY reality happening not in some far far away place but in our neighborhoods, churches, theaters during summer blockbuster opening days, barbershops, college campuses, elementary schools, streets, stores, festivals, and homes, and nightclubs.

Regardless of semantics the script remains the same with a different cast, same media baiting, same stock sound bites from the nation’s leaders, same Facebook bickering from thousands.

The script remains the same with a different cast

A quick Google search renders this headline:

Virginia Tech in April 2007, the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history. (Source, CNN 2016)

Same script different cast:

50 killed at Orlando nightclub; deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history (Source Wesh Orlando 6.13.2016)

Neither the media nor the general public has all the facts yet report inaccurate, false, made up, pretend, information fiction many times reworded verbatim from previous fictitious posing as factual headlines. How can the Joe Public that were not there and have no idea of the facts have the facts when the media and so called honest, fair and unbiased news live feeds, Periscope, and Twitter chat inaccuracies from ground zero?

  • Will it ever end?
  • Will the script ever change?
  • If it will, who will change it?
  • Can human government change it?
  • If they can why haven’t they?

The questions are endless. They continue even as the “news” outlets report contradictory stories with no real facts, report a criminal case that is very open and very pending. Social media public opinion courtrooms hate filled cyber bullying, moronic Twitter debates, and mock trials begin with vicious and visceral hate, prejudice, trolling and facts fiction.

Same script different cast

I’ve logged an informal journal of these shootings here in U.S. since they have become so common in the last 2-5 years with clipped media stories, headlines , screenshots and social media posts , and literally the script has been the same with many headlines verbatim copied and pasted from the last shooting.

Literally copied details of the shootings like a screen play for a movie or novel. Two weeks to a month after the current thrill is gone and a new news story becomes Fodder; it’ll be as if all is forgotten until the next time...and the cycle repeats itself.

And the cycle repeats itself

So I repeat, when is the script and reductive rhetoric going to change and something, anything REAL going to be changed to at the least prevent instances like this?

Since Sandy Hook (since that’s when I started this movie script journal) the script has remained the same.

Just a few pieces of evidence for those that will for sure doubt my arguments:

  1. ‘Sandy Hook
  2. Tuscon Shooting (Gabby Giffords)
  3. Mall Killings
  4. more mall killngs (not enough killed here for media feeding frenzy)
  5. Arizona theater killing
  6. Southern church killing,
  7. Boston marathon bombings
  8. Paris
  9. Abortion clinic shooting
  10. College campus killing
  11. Campus shooting two weeks ago
  12. Virginia Tech Shooting
  13. Campus shooting in San Bernardino
  14. More campus killing with guns
  15. And the dozens of black unarmed men shot dead with no weapons at all under sketchy at best circumstances
  16. On and on and on

Same script different cast

Unethical media baiting and faux journalism each and every time. Make up facts no verification. Copy and past details from last year’s killing. Shameful

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There’s No Such Thing As An Overnight Success A Very Special Non-Gluten Free Soapbox

There’s no such thing as an overnight success.

There I said it. But to my chagrin, I hear this “expression” (if you can call it that) much too often. I cringe every time I hear it. It burns my corneas every time I read it. “Over night success” I shudder as I type it out. I kid. (not really) And for good reason. It burns me when hardworking folks are not given their due credit. I’m bothered when writers, media, journalists, whoever; unknowingly discredit the countless hours , the blood, sweat, tears, skin, brain power, money, and hard work that goes into becoming successful, honing a craft, and perfecting a talent. This back handed compliment is nothing close to positive. At best it’s nearly impossible since anyone who creates anything for a living understands that the road to success is more like an unending journey. A winding, twisting, gut wrenching, expensive, frustrating, maddening, and time consuming path. One that never seems to have a beginning and rarely has an end; since the end spells the exact opposite of success. At it’s worst, the phrase is insulting, banal, reductive, and implies that “fate” is required to become successful. This notion is utterly absurd. Success is very measurable, observable, and able to be calculated. There’s only one pathway to success; hard work.

There’s only one pathway to success; hard work.

This road is lonely. Yes. While everyone else is living it up, gadding about, partying, relaxing, relishing in the sun; those who chase success are busy plotting, planning, reading, working, and grinding. Daytime, nighttime, morning time, midnight, dusk, dawn, anytime and every time. Those that want to be successful make time to be successful. Often when everyone else is asleep. They work harder. They plan smarter. They read more. Rehearse more. Learn more. Do more. And this is nothing against those that sleep. My point is that success never happens overnight. Success like love, takes time to cultivate. Success is something that is curated. It is honed and caressed. It is cared for, stoked, stroked, and polished. Success happens over time. Oftentimes those that succeed in finding success don’t even realize that they have it. Sure, success can be catapulted. Sometimes it has a defining moment. A pivotal action or chain of reactions that catapult it into the consciousness of the masses.

Some call this a stepping stone. Some call this a big break.  The one action that takes all the long nights, the grueling days, and  countless hours and shoots them into the public conscious like a batter hitting a baseball. Success has many names:

  • Micheal
  • Whitney
  • Mariah
  • Celine
  • Mark
  • Mohammed
  • Steve
  • Bill
  • Obama

Do you see where I am going? Everyone has a start. Before there was Michael and Obama there was Michael and Obama. Ordinary people that had extraordinary passion and a quest to do extraordinary things. They had more drive, more desire, more passion, and more work ethic than the average. While their peers were sleeping they were busy working. Not dreaming. Not resting. Not relaxing. Working. Every hour of every day they worked. No one else get’s to take credit for this. Not a manager. Not an investor. Not a coach. Not a producer. Not the stepping stone. Not a friend. Not fate. Not time. THEY are solely responsible for their success because they worked hard and believed when no one else would. They knew even before they knew that one day it would all pay off.

It’s true that they may have had a big break. Or a defining moment that put them or their idea into the consciousness of the public. Some made their own moment. Some never get a moment at all. They just quietly and defiantly worked. Every night. Every day. When no one else would. Success doesn’t happen overnight.

Calvin Eaton is a holistic health, wellness & gluten free foodie, chef, publisher and writer. He’s also the editor in chief of The Rochester Gluten Free Guide magazine & the gluten free chef blog.com which he launched in 2012 after years of living with the effects of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and celiac disease – conditions that are exacerbated by the presence of wheat, gluten, and dairy. His goal has always been to make gluten free living accessible to everyone. He along with the not-for-profit Prosper Rochester offers a variety of workshops, classes, networking events, and private lessons  to those who are living gluten free.

calvin with hat