Showing up every day without fail is the surest way to achieving everlasting success.
Many of the most famous creators didn’t achieve their success early on. Maria Popova’s excellent article, The Long Game: Brilliant Visual Essays on the Only Secret to Creative Success, from Leonardo da Vinci to Marie Curie touches on this notion. Many of the most accomplished writers, authors and musicians had to toil away in obscurity for decades before they were noticed. It is this unflinching dedication to one’s craft that comes up as a key ingredient to success.
But given our culture’s affinity for instant gratification and its celebration of youth, how many people have the patience to wait?
In my own experience, I have toiled away for 15+ years making comics. I have had my share of ups and downs. But I have continued to persevere because it brings me tremendous satisfaction. I have also been able to measure my progress.
For example, here’s how my first comics online looked like:
My persistence has lead to numerous opportunities, and all the while, I have continued to hone my craft. For me, success is simply a by-product of hard work and effort. Keep hammering away at what you love, whether it’s writing, making music, or creating art. Don’t do it for success – do it for yourself. You’ll be happier for it.