“An overnight success is 10 years in the making.”

I was trying to wade through the sea of information that describes how one is considered “successful”.  In the google-dom of “success”, many interesting concepts arise.  Chris Seper wrote a great blog entitled “7 Ways to Build  Better Humans” so I skipped to the pertinent material:

  1. Use a Personal Trainer  (I LOVE this idea… how cool would it be if we all had our OWN…)
  2. Learn to Brief a Court Case  (then we wouldn’t need lawyers….ooooooo…..cool)
  3. Watch “Meet the Robinsons” (Kid Optional)
  4. De-Emphasize Professional Sports  (and do what…. TALK to each other…..????)
  5. Read: ‘The Five Dysfunctions of the Team’  (uh boy… add to reading list….)
  6. Floss Your Teeth in The Car   (THIS is totally key to the new world)
  7. Be Ready to Adapt & Seize the Moment  (yeah, like black Friday at Walmart)

I was at Chris’ blog because I was reading Richard Branson’s “How to Find a Fulfilling Career” and Craig Ballantyne’s blog “Re-Inventing Yourself”… all written about 12 days after I had waxed semi-philosophically about the same subject (see previous blog) and I was checking out my views vs the experts….

Admittedly, what I found most humorous was how comfortably articulate millionaires are when they speak about understanding the fear of change…. now, there are a few 7+ figure bloggers out there that might have run up and down the ladder of fiscal pain, but the ones that are writing are generally the ones that made it back up.   Frankly, (… I know, I know, your name’s not Frankly…)



very little applies to “everybody” .   None of the most important stuff comes from a book.  A lot of really great stuff comes from experience; different people’s experiences. Which means it might not work for you. Which means it might be completely useless to follow the old school rules of mentorship and apprenticeship. I have no idea.  I bought a book called “The Art of War” and downloaded another by Napoleon Hill, but I didn’t read them. Maybe I ought to….

What I can tell you, for – absolutely – sure, is that the more you do something…. anything…. the better you get at the “thing”.  Whether that is criticizing yourself (or others), or finding better ways to be happy, practice more and it will manifest. The more time you devote to a skill, your health, creating new habits, being positive, the easier it becomes and the more likely you are to seeing more of those things come back to you in your life.  Everything I have ever accomplished, my education, my earlier athletic record, the  racing successes, were each the result of years of groundwork, mistakes and achievements.  Whether I realized that at the time or not.

Metaphorically, we spend years creating gardens, planting seeds in soil that has been carefully prepared. We feed and water those plants and nurture them as best we understand. The sun is akin to the passage of time in life.  It will shine regardless. It doesn’t care which plant grows, it will nourish the weeds as well as the flowers.  It seems extraordinarily obvious that we would be most fruitful at being gardeners of happiness and peace.



About michellenihei

Bachelor of Science, University of Saskatchewan Diplomate in Veterinary Science, University of Saskatchewan Master of Science, University of Saskatchewan Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kentucky Post-Doctoral and Jr. Faculty, Johns Hopkins University, MD Assistant trainer to Christopher Speckert, Rebecca Maker, Todd Pletcher Independent business owner and racehorse trainer; StabelLab Evangelist
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