It Takes 20 Years To Become An Overnight Success

"I'm alright with a slow burn." -Kacey Musgraves

There are so many productivity tools, books, and articles. There are far fewer productivity philosophies, and fewer yet that promote balance and common sense.

What patience has to do with productivity

Serious question…do you have the patience that it takes to become successful? Or are you in a hurry to make your mark? Another way of asking this is, are you the exception or the rule?

Let’s hear from writer and writing teacher, Annie Dillard:

Out of a human population on earth of four and a half billion, perhaps twenty people can write a book in a year. Some people lift cars, too. Some people enter week-long sled-dog races, go over Niagara Falls in barrels, fly planes through the Arc de Triomphe. Some people feel no pain in childbirth. Some people eat cars. There is no call to take human extremes as norms.

Some people start tech businesses in their dorm room and become fabulously rich in a matter of years. Some people get written up in Wired and Fast Company and are forever used as examples of how rich and famous you could be. If only.

Thankfully, you are not some people. You are unique in so many ways. You are also interdependent and universally connected.

One thing most creators share when building a business or making art…it’s a long, arduous, lonely, sometimes scary, path. To survive on this path, it’s essential to have immense faith in the journey. And to have several people help you along the way. It’s also essential to enjoy the journey.

Walmart invests in data-based predictive analytics

Walmart concluded a marquee deal with TikTok, taking a 7.5% stake in the Chinese video-sharing social networking platform. Why would they do that? According to Freight Waves:

While the concept of expedited delivery within e-commerce today has largely been about hastening last-mile operations, data-based predictive analytics over consumer trends will play a significant role in determining future market leaders. TikTok is a data gold mine on current trends, and Walmart realizes that.

The idea is simple — monitor rising digital trends within the TikTok platform, predict future demand across specific product lines and make better inventory-related decisions based on expected demand. TikTok, with its 100 million-strong user base, also helps Walmart tap into the teen and young adult population segment.

Provocative new questions from S. Todd Anthony

My friend S. Todd Anthony interviewed me for his company’s blog, and his LinkedIn. He asked me lots of good questions, like this one:

Q. What’s your approach to brand storytelling?

A. Storytelling is an ancient form of communication. We’ve been doing this for tens of thousands of years around the campfire. And now where is the campfire? Well, it’s on the screen.

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  7. “Sales is less about selling and more about leading, which requires high levels of confidence, which in turn requires knowledge and experience.” According to Joseph Curtis, VP of enterprise sales at Salesforce, “This concept can be expressed mathematically as Knowledge + Experience = Confidence to Lead.”

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