Often, we expect instant results in this fast paced world. But results can never be instant. It takes time and insane amount of patience and discipline. We overcome great resistance and start something new. In the midway, we just give up because of boredom and frustration. But that is when we have to endure and push harder. Usually it takes a considerable number of years for us to create or do something meaningful.
Time it takes to reinvent yourself: five years. Here’s a description of the five years:
Year One: you’re flailing and reading everything and just starting to DO.
Year Two: you know who you need to talk to and network with. You’re Doing every day. You finally know what the monopoly board looks like in your new endeavors.
Year Three: you’re good enough to start making money. It might not be a living yet.
Year Four: you’re making a good living
Year Five: you’re making wealth
Sometimes I get frustrated in years 1–4. I say, “why isn’t it happening yet?” and I punch the floor and hurt my hand and throw a coconut on the floor in a weird ritual. That’s ok. Just keep going.
- James Altucher in one of his ultimate guide.
P.S. Originally posted here