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How To Become An Overnight Sensation

Posted by on Sep.02, 2013, under Uncategorized

overnight sensation

You’ve heard of them in every field. Overnight sensations make people stop and say, “Wow, what a lucky break!”

However, if you look at their history, their success is anything but overnight. These are people who have been working for a very long time on their craft. They have been perfecting it, positioning themselves, and taking opportunities when they see them.

A great example is Susan Boyle, the singer who was discovered on Britain’s Got Talent a couple of years ago. She stunned everyone when she started singing and instantly rose to fame. Many talked about her as an overnight sensation. But was she really? When you learn about her history you find that she sang often. She honed her skill and took opportunities to be in front of an audience. And let’s not forget that she got onto that show and that stage. If not for that, well, things would be very different.

Malcolm Gladwell visits this idea in his book Outliers. While the book is really about success, there is a lot to learn about overnight successes. Mainly, that they are anything but. Gladwell talks about working for 10,000 hours at a skill or talent, and how circumstance has a lot to do with success. He cites example after example of people who are tremendously successful. As he tracks their history you can see what has gone into that success. We see that success is related to a lot of things but instant fame isn’t one of them.

So, how can you become an overnight sensation?

Stop hoping to be discovered. Get down to the business of excellence and build your success from there. Know where you want to go and then set the wheels in motion to get there.

3 Steps to Become an Overnight Sensation

Practice, Practice, Practice

If you want to excel at something you have to practice it. You have to do the work to truly become the expert in your field. Sometimes business owners become removed from the thing that got them into business in the first place. This can lead to being out of touch with what you sell. Your value statement can take a big hit here.

If you want to be an overnight sensation, keep honing your skill.

Stay Connected

The busier we get the easier it is to disengage. However, we should be doing the exact opposite. Continue to get out and meet, connect and build relationships. It is often through those relationships that you receive your big break.

If you isolate yourself, you make it difficult for opportunities to arise.


You never know when an opportunity is going to present itself. So, keep your eyes open and don’t be afraid to take a leap. Believe in yourself enough to take a chance. Imagine if Susan Boyle had shied away from the big event and national exposure. If she had not believed in herself, she never would have ventured in such a big way.

Want to be an overnight sensation? Great. Continue to work hard, build relationships and believe in yourself. Don’t fear opportunities, or possible failure. Those who are consistent in their efforts, beliefs and focus are the ones who succeed. While they may seem like they appeared out of nowhere, they didn’t. They worked consistently over time to achieve their goals. And you can too.

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