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A 20-year Overnight Success

By Tina Zawila


Throughout last week’s International Women’s Day celebrations, I had the privilege of listening to some inspiring stories of overcoming adversity and outstanding success. These stories were not only from the various speakers at the events I attended, but also from talking to the guests.


A group of us were speaking about a local business who was doing well and many were surprised to hear that the business had been operating in Gladstone for over 20 years. Everyone joked about the 20-year overnight success.


However, these 20-year overnight success stories are more common than we think. Most successful businesses didn’t start last year, 3 years ago or even 5 years ago. The business, or at least the entrepreneur has usually been working hard for many years before they really start to reap the rewards of their labour.


Many of us want to know the ‘secret sauce’ or that ‘one-thing’ that will make the difference and magically skyrocket us to success. We are waiting for that one career break, or that one business contract, or maybe that special someone, to move to a new location, or even to win lotto, to become successful.


However, in my experience in business and in life, it’s never that one-thing that makes the difference, it’s the sum total of all the things we do on a daily basis that leads us to success. It's consistently making good decisions and choices and doing something every day towards your goal that will lead to success.


I recently read “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, and the book has the tag line “Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results”. In his bestselling book James reveals how miniscule changes can grow into life-altering outcomes.


At UHY Haines Norton, our clients often ask, “what do I need to do to grow my business?”, and we understand that they are really looking for that game-changing strategy or inspiring tip to take their business to the next level. However, in reality there are many ways to grow a business and the winning strategy is to identify the one or two small changes you can make immediately to improve your results. If you need help identifying your overnight success strategy, please call our professional team on 4972 1300.

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