75 Quotes that Prove Overnight Success is a Myth

Check out our curated collection of life changing overnight success quotes from successful people. These quotes will change your perspective towards life and motivate you to work smarter for goal achievement by busting the myth of overnight success.


Nowadays, the internet is full of inspirational life stories about people who have made it to the top 1% in terms of wealth and fame. We get awestruck when we look at the photos and videos of these individuals on social media and how they enjoy a luxurious lifestyle.

This invokes a strong desire in our mind to be like them and we start looking for ways to be rich and successful as quickly as possible. Little do we try to understand the challenges that these individuals have faced in their past and the hard work that they have put in to reach to the position they currently hold.

It is a normal human tendency to wish for overnight success. Most of us do not know the meaning of success and the ways in which it can be achieved. We impatiently look for shortcuts and end up taking impulsive decisions which can later have demoralizing effects on our mindset and can even affect our relationships and overall well-being.

So how exactly do we achieve success? Although there are many ways that can lead you to success, there is one aspect which remains common on all these paths. It is HARD WORK!

Hard work requires motivation

Now that we have understood that overnight success is just a myth and hard work is the key to achieve your dreams, is it really that simple to be successful? The answer is both YES and NO. Although hard work is foundation of any success story, it is extremely difficult to work hard endlessly without staying motivated throughout the journey to success.

Find your WHY

In all inspirational life stories of ultra successful people, you will find one common factor to which these legends attribute their success to. It’s their WHY.

Success comes with its own set of failures. Higher the level of success, larger the number of failures you’d need to face and conquer. When we are working hard on our goals, a single failure can be enough to crush our self-esteem and derail us from the path to success. People without a strong purpose get discouraged and ultimately stop trying. To quickly get back on track and overcome the failure, we need to have a strong emotional reason behind WHY we are doing WHAT we are doing. Finding your purpose and reiterating it in your mind will take you through any challenging situation and guarantee success.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born.. and the day you find out why

– Mark Twain

Hard Work vs. Smart Work

Once you identify the WHY, the next thing is to focus on the HOW. Although working hard can get your where you want, working smart can help you get there faster.

Smart work does not necessarily mean finding ways to avoid hard work. It means learning from your past actions and refining them in future to get the work done faster without compromising on the delivered value. Try to look at things with a different perspective and continuously ask yourself ‘Can this be done in a better way?’If something doesn’t work, try something different. Learn quickly, fail fast and constantly improve your actions.

Guarantee your Success

Occasionally, you might come across people who have stumbled upon a gold mine and became wealthy overnight, like someone winning a lottery ticket. However, keep in mind that such a success is short-lived as it’s not based off a strong foundation and one failure is enough to wipe everything out. Maintaining success is as important as achieving it and following the above points will not only guarantee your success but help you maintain it throughout your life.

Overnight success quotes from great people..

“Somehow over the years people have gotten the impression that Wal-Mart was…just this great idea that turned into an overnight success. But…it was an outgrowth of everything we’d been doing since [1945]…And like most overnight successes, it was about twenty years in the making.”

– Sam Walton –

People think I’m an overnight success. No. It’s just that you all found me overnight.

– Leslie Jones –

Anyone who wants to sell you overnight success or wealth is not interested in your success; they are interested in your money.

– Robert Foster Bennett –

I was 40 years old before I became an overnight success, and I’d been publishing for 20 years.

– Mary Karr –

I think people love to attach themselves to the idea of an overnight success. That may be true about me.

– Darren Criss –

It takes years to establish yourself, and then you have one big film and everyone calls you an overnight success. You think, ‘Christ, I’ve been sweating and crying for seven years.’.

– Joseph Fiennes –

There are no quick wins in business – it takes years to become an overnight success.

– Richard Branson –

It takes twenty years to become an overnight success.

– Eddie Cantor –

Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value. Look around at how people want to get more out of life than they put in. A man of value will give more than he receives. Be creative, but make sure that what you create is not a curse for mankind.

– Albert Einstein –

Hollywood has a way of making everything seem like an overnight success.

– Kevin Hart –

It’s so funny looking back, but my so-called overnight success actually took 15 years. I remember when I didn’t have any money, and my only car was mom’s Hyundai.

– Criss Angel –

It takes years to make an overnight success.

– Eddie Cantor –

Our “overnight” success took 1,000 days.

– Brian Chesky –

One press account said I was an overnight success. I thought that was the longest night I’ve ever spent.

– Sandra Cisneros –

People who think achieving success is a linear A-to-Z process, a straight shot to the top, simply aren’t in touch with reality. There are very few bona fide overnight success stories. It just doesn’t work that way. Success appears to happen overnight because we all see stories in newspapers and on TV about previously unknown people who have suddenly become famous. But consider a sequoia tree that has been growing for several hundred years. Just because a television crew one day decides to do a story about that tree doesn’t mean it didn’t exist before.

– Donald Trump –

I was blessed. I had a great childhood and great parents that loved music and family. I moved from England when I was almost 18 and been on my own ever since and have been trying to make a living in the music business for the past twelve years. A lot of people say I’m an overnight success, but it’s an overnight success that’s been twelve years in the making.

– Bo Bice –

I worked half my life to be an overnight success, and still it took me by surprise.

– Jessica Savitch –

I tell you all this because it’s worth recognizing that there is no such thing as an overnight success. You will do well to cultivate the resources in yourself that bring you happiness outside of success or failure. The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive. At that time, we turn around and say, yes, this is obviously where I was going all along. It’s a good idea to try to enjoy the scenery on the detours, because you’ll probably take a few.

– Bill Watterson –

It takes years to make an overnight success.

– Eddie Cantor –

A lot of people think I was an overnight success, but I was an opening act for three or four years, and then I signed my contract with EMI. Then it kind of blew up overnight.

– Vanilla Ice –

Our “overnight” success took 1,000 days.

– Brian Chesky –

I tell young people all the time because they think I’m an overnight success I’ve been doing this for over 20 years! And that means inspiring and motivating people.

– Eric Thomas –

I was 29 when I wrote my first novel. But I was 45 when I quit for good. I was a 16-year overnight success.

– Richard North Patterson –

It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once and then everyone can tell you that you are an overnight success.

– Mark Cuban –

There’s no such thing as an overnight success. It took me a long to get there.

– Cindy Margolis –

An overnight success is ten years in the making.

– Tom Clancy –

The idea that success can happen overnight is crippling the financial future of generations. You have to work for it.

– Robert Kiyosaki –

When it comes to being badass nothing beats this It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.

– Lionel Messi –

I worked 18 years to become an overnight success. Now MagicPlace.com will short circuit that process for people.

– Criss Angel –

There are no quick wins in business – it takes years to become an overnight success.

– Richard BransonTiming, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success. –

Sometimes it takes years for a person to become an overnight success.

– Prince –

My dad told me, ‘It takes fifteen years to be an overnight success’, and it took me seventeen and a half years.

– Adrien Brody –

It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. Overnight success is a fallacy. It is preceded by a great deal of preparation. Ask any successful person how they came to this point in their lives, and they will have a story to tell.

– Mark Twain –

There are few overnight successes and many up-all-night successes.

– Kevin Ashton –

There is no such thing as overnight success or easy money. If you fail, do not be discouraged; try again. When you do well, do not change your ways. Success is not just good luck: it is a combination of hard work, good credit standing, opportunity, readiness and timing. Success will not last if you do not take care of it.

– Henry Sy –

There are few overnight successes and many up-all-night successes.

– Kevin Ashton –

Nobody is an overnight success. Most overnight successes you see have been working at it for ten years.

– David Heinemeier Hansson –

If you’re in business it’s both a promise and a warning. It says that sometimes little things can cause some little guy to have an overnight success.

– Malcolm Gladwell –

The media wants overnight successes (so they have someone to tear down). Ignore them. Ignore the early adopter critics that never have enough to play with. Ignore your investors that want proven tactics and predictable instant results. Listen instead to your real customers, to your vision and make something for the long haul. Because that’s how long it’s going to take, guys.

– Seth Godin –

I was 40 years old before I became an overnight success, and I’d been publishing for 20 years.

– Mary Karr –

Overnight success just doesn’t happen. You’ve got to put your time in. You’re up and down – all of a sudden, it just clicks

– Anthony Calvillo –

Great brands are like great stories. And every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. And our job is to make sure that every chapter of our stories makes sense to the one in front of it and make sense to the one after it. There is no such thing as an overnight success. You have to get up and put your work boots on every single day.

– Kevin Plank –

Everything valuable takes time, there are no overnight successes.

– Jack Canfield –

I’m not an overnight success. My early publishing history, through my first five books, was unfortunate in many respects, typified by a couple of short anecdotes.

– John Lescroart –

We didn’t really want to be an overnight success as that brings with it its own problems.

– Kelly Jones –

Dig into almost every overnight success story and you’ll find about a decade’s worth of hard work and perseverance.

– Austin Kleon –

Eventually, after a couple of years, Stripe strated to become an overnight success.

– Patrick Collison –

It takes three years to be an overnight success, sometimes more.

– Seth Godin –

I believe there should be no arbitrary date set for withdrawal and yet no permanent, unending deployment. No cut and run, yet measured progress in helping a people who want to be free without an illusion of overnight success.

– Rick Renzi –

I was an overnight success all right, but 30 years is a long, long night.

– Ray Kroc –

You just plant a few seeds, cultivate the shoots, and watch your career grow and branch out. It takes time and dedication. There are no overnight success stories in the music business!

– Christopher Tin –

Overnight Success Happens Only in Fairy Tales, Trashy Novels, and Bad Movies.

– Ernie J Zelinski –

Overnight success stories take a long time.

– Steve Jobs –

My overnight success was really 15 years in the making. I’d been writing songs since I was 6 and playing in bands and performing since I was 14.

– Lisa Loeb –

In show business, it takes 10 years to create an overnight success. You’ve heard that, right? But what you don’t hear is that that’s the exact same amount of time it takes to create a bitter failure.

– Marc Maron –

Everybody wants the quick fix, but it doesn’t happen overnight. You have to be willing to put it out there. I call it ‘the secret to being an overnight success,’ which means there really isn’t a such thing as an overnight success. ! The secret is you work really hard for 10 years, and then you become an overnight success.

– Jon Gordon –

The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive.

– Bill Watterson –

…so remember: great achievements take time, there is no overnight success.

– Leo Tolstoy –

In the digital age of “overnight” success stories such as Facebook, the hard slog is easily overlooked.

– James Dyson –

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.

– William Feather –

Nobody is an overnight success. Most overnight successes you see have been working at it for ten years.

– David Heinemeier Hansson –

Overnight success just doesn’t happen. You’ve got to put your time in. You’re up and down – all of a sudden, it just clicks

– Anthony Calvillo –

Some say I’m an overnight success. Well, that was a very long night that lasted about 10 years. But while I do, of course, now feel the pressure having had books that have been very successful, I just know I have to concentrate on writing for myself. I can’t worry about genres or markets or what might be commercial or not. That never works.

– Kate Morton –

Pixar is seen by a lot of folks as an overnight success, but if you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.

– Steve Jobs –

There is no substitute for hard work. There is no such thing as overnight success or easy money.

– Henry Sy –

I was being ridiculed for going to school… But, you see, I had looked hard at the other musicians and the whole show-business scene… They were doing with jazz musicians what they usually reserved for rock n’ roll cats: making them overnight successes, then overnight antiques.

– Donald Byrd –

People talk about overnight successes, and ultimately, there’s a certain amount of, you want to call it luck or fortune or good fortune, or whatever, but when your moment arrives, you have to have been at a point where you paid your dues, or done your 10,000 hours or have the requisite talent or whatever.

– Damon Lindelof –

Give me a couple of years, and I’ll make that actress an overnight success.

– Samuel Goldwyn –

Most people were startled to find out there were books that preceded Game Of Thrones. I’m a case of working forty years to be an overnight success.

– George R. R. Martin –

Overnight success just doesn’t happen. You’ve got to put your time in … you’re up and down, all of a sudden, it just clicks. And I think that’s what’s happened to me since I got to Montreal. And I’m proud of the things we’ve been able to accomplish … we’ve all made each other great.

– Anthony Calvillo –

I’m not an overnight success. I’ve been doing it for 12 years. It’s been lovely and varied so far.

– Benedict Cumberbatch –

You will do well to cultivate the resources in yourself that bring you happiness outside of success or failure.

– Bill Watterson –

People who think achieving success is a linear A-to-Z process, a straight shot to the top, simply aren’t in touch with reality.

– Donald Trump –

Sometimes it takes years for a person to become an overnight success.

– Prince –