Monday, August 11, 2008

Have patience, will succeed

In his latest blog, Seth Godin says, "I discovered a lucky secret the hard way about thirty years ago: you can outlast the other guys if you try. If you stick at stuff that bores them, it accrues. Drip, drip, drip you win."

How very true on the web and in real life. We get quick results on the web, almost instant recognition using Web 2.0 tactics. It doesn't take long to raise expectations and then to dash them when what you do does not take hold to create solid satisfaction.

"The trap: Show up at a new social network, invest two hours, be really aggressive with people, make some noise and then leave in disgust."

Right on, Seth.

In real life, my daughter, Liana, has been performing at local clubs in LA for over three years. She works for pennies (at best). Her efforts resulted in building a local following who show up to root her on from week to week at various bars in the vast city. She adds new songs to her routine regularly and posts them on her MySpace page.

Liana's persistence and hard work may pay new dividends soon. She was contacted by a movie producer who wants to use a song or two in an upcoming movie in 2009.

Hang in there. Good things can and do happen if you stir into the mix your talents, patience and especially hard work.

Greg Cryns


  1. This story reminds me of the book "Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell. Consistency is powerfully underestimated by most people. The individual business that continues to progress steadily will cause exponential success. To the casual observer it looks "over night success" but really it's a culmination of many small productive, inspired actions. Great Post Greg!

  2. True dat! Keep on keepin' on!!