Success isn’t automatic; but it is guaranteed.

Just like the laws of nature and science, success is an exact and very consistent outcome.

What you do becomes what you get. That much is guaranteed. What’s not easily known is when that’s going to happen.

It’s been said by many philosophers that as humans we dramatically overestimate what we can do in a given day but underestimate our ability to achieve seamingly impossible things over a lifetime.

That is all too true. You’re not wired to be good at predicting when your awesome actions are going to lead to epic results.

Your brain is accidentally way smarter than you think it is.

It’s ready with excuses and plausible explanations about why the laws of success aren’t meant for you. Why you’re different. Why you should give up and quit because nothing is working.

Here is the tough-love truth that you might not want to hear — success isn’t measured on your timeline.

You don’t get to determine when the boomerang you’ve thrown reaches your hand again.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot you can do to influence success. You can try harder or work longer. You can leverage the influence of others, borrow money to move faster, and enroll mentors to help you avoid costly mistakes.

What you do and who you are have a direct impact on your success. But you don’t get to decide the exact day and time for your success.

You don’t even get to decide what your success exactly looks like.

What you want and what you get always end up being a little bit different. And usually in ways that are more magical than you can imagine.

Take wealth for example. It is wildly appealing to dream about building the next Facebook app, where as a 20-something-year-old you can put together a platform that turns you into one of the world’s richest people.

That sounds awesome. It’s just not realistic. It’s not logical. And it is directly in contrast with how success works.

You’re not going to be a millionaire in your 20’s. Or your 30’s. Or for most of your 40’s. Did you know that the average age of a millionaire in the developed world right now is almost 50 years old?

Why? In short, it takes time to get the experience you need and to find the purpose you have to have in order to achieve epic results.

And more importantly, the timing of success is something that you don’t get to control. And the more you try to control it, the less successful you will become.

When you try to force success you chase scams and shortcuts and activities that might have worked for somebody else but are completely ridiculous for you to pursue.

Success is guaranteed. Remember that.

Doing the right thing matters. Just be patient while it’s happening.

Make your mental health a priority. You’ll never be happy if you can’t stay inspired, despite the obstacles they come your way.

Plan your life for a long journey. Not a short one. Keep your finances lean-and-mean so that you can be flexible as you weather the storms that come your way.

There isn’t anything you can’t do if you persist. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking you get to choose when success happens.

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