Where’s Your Overnight Success?

Following successful people can be a double-edged sword.

On the one hand, they can be inspirational. On the other hand, it’s easy to fall into the trap of making the assumption they have always been what they are. Somehow, there’s this illusion that is created that they sprang, fully formed, overnight, out into the marketplace.

I’ll admit it. I’m guilty of this sometimes. I’ll become intimidated, thinking that those who are truly successful were “gifted” with the perfect message, fully formed, and ready to go. If I don’t have it right now, then there must be something wrong. Or, in my worst moments: I’m wrong about having something important to share.

And I’ve been rather guilty of this recently; it’s an issue I’ve been mulling around in my thinking mind. A lot.

Then the Universe intervened.

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a Social Justice lecture given by a professor during a college visit with my daughter. In the class, he shared the editorial history of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail.

Sounds dry, I know, but stick with me here.

This letter is a magnificent historical document; integral to the Civil Rights Movement. In the way most of us learn about it, it is presented as something that was written entirely in one sitting, from one person’s view; a magnificent download of information that changed the course of history.

In reality, it was a document that evolved through five different editorial processes.

It started out incredibly human. With errors. Without full clarity. While MLK signed off on all edits, it was influenced by a group. None of this takes away its importance in history, or the importance of MLK.

Here’s the important take away to me: it evolved. Even this magnificent document evolved. Even this incredibly connected, dynamic, nation changing person who wrote it…was human.

As business owners, we have a tendency to look at someone who is successful, who knows their message, is clear about their message and offers, and it seems like they have always been that way.

We fall into the trap of believing that if we don’t have that same clarity as we start out, we’ll never measure up — perhaps we don’t have what it takes.

In truth, ‘overnight’ sensations are YEARS in the making. And they don’t do it alone.

We each contain within us the capability of being that ‘overnight’ sensation. The more we truly understand this, the more we truly allow ourselves to accept our brilliance, the faster that overnight sensation will happen.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.


  1. Thank you Jennifer for sharing your shift/growth!
    Its great to hear that I am not the only one who has been through this. I can’t tell you how many times prior to this year that I have done this same vicious comparing cycle. We all get so caught up in our daily demands of life that we, or atleast I know for myself, that I tend to forgot to stop, and tune in to the Divine. I have had a couple of these moments lately myself where I’m letting my past patterns/beleifs attempt to sneak back up. Got to love the Universe in the methods that is used to wake us up when we veere off the path. Being awake…okay maybe a sleepy state of connection, is still better then ever going back to not living it at all!!!

    Love, Jen

    • Jennifer Bloome says

      It’s a process, isn’t it?

      When I first started down the path of self-growth and learning about connection, a part of me was sure that it was an “expressway” to what I wanted. Of course, life is so much fuller, happier, and deeper…but at the same time, potholes and eddies come up. First instinct is to judge and get angry and feel that we are doing something wrong, when really it is just the journey.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences, Jen. Knowing that we aren’t alone is so needed.



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