Success Isn’t Available on Demand Nor Instantly Downloadable

Today’s culture has conditioned many of us (especially our technology-tied teenagers) to believe we can instantly have whatever we want, however we want it, whenever we want it. RIGHT NOW!

From lightning fast internet speeds, to the instant downloading of movies and books, to mobile ordering at Starbucks, to a whole host of products available through Amazon Prime, etc., everything is either available NOW, within seconds, or just a few excruciating minutes away.

We have come to expect things to magically appear almost instantly – because many times they actually do in today’s technologically advanced world. All we need to do is sit in a comfy chair, hit a couple of buttons on our phone, and BOOM - we have what we want. And even then, we’re often impatient with a slow download. Perhaps recently deceased actress Carrie Fisher sums up this mindset best with the following quote - “Instant gratification takes too long.”


Unfortunately, success isn’t available on demand nor instantly downloadable.

Not in the sports world.

Not in the academic world.

Not in the business world.

Not in life.


Contrary to what we have been told and sold - there isn’t an app for that.

“Everybody is looking for instant success, but it doesn’t work that way. You build a successful life one day at a time.” Lou Holtz

Certainly technology can help us in our pursuit of success - but we must be crystal clear with ourselves and our teams about some key principles regarding real and sustained success that will NEVER change:

Success requires work.

Success requires sacrifice.

Success requires patience.

Success requires resilience.

Success requires an investment.

Success requires a strong, strategic, and sustained effort over a substantial period of time…


There are NO EXCEPTIONS to these principles when it comes to attaining real, lasting, hard-earned success.

Sure you can win the lottery, marry a billionaire, or bumble and stumble through life hoping a rich relative someday dies and leaves you their fortune, but significant (as opposed to superficial) success takes much more than luck.

While today’s technology based society has numerous advantages and rewards, it also has the unintended yet detrimental consequence of conditioning people to expect success overnight if not sooner. Many think they can have things in an instant and become easily and quickly frustrated and disillusioned when success also doesn’t happen for them in a day, hour, or at the speed of light.

“Modern man is conditioned to expect instant gratification, but any success or triumph realized quickly, with only marginal effort, is necessarily shallow. Meaningful achievement takes time, hard work, persistence, patience, proper intent, and self-awareness. The path to success is punctuated by failure, consolidation, and renewed effort.”
Mark Twight, Mountain Climber

Rather than realizing that success takes a tremendous amount time and energy, many people give in too soon, complain about the challenges, and/or unjustly blame others for their own lack of success.

The problems of believing the myth that “Success is Available on Demand and Instantly Downloadable” are mounting on our sports teams, in our schools, and in our society…

  • people aren’t willing to invest the necessary time and energy required to succeed
  • people have short attention spans and can’t stay focused long enough to complete a task
  • people aren’t patient or tough enough to stick with things when the inevitable adversity hits
  • people pout and blame others when things don’t go their way as quickly as they want them to
  • people quickly jump ship to another team, another coach, another school, and/or another job if they erroneously think it will get them what they want faster


All of this creates frustration on the part of kids, parents, coaches, and administrators.

If we are going to set kids up to be successful, we must help them understand that success takes an intelligent plan, diligently working the process, hours of practice, and a great deal of patience and persistence. We must realistically manage and temper the expectations that success will happen overnight and with relative ease.

“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” Biz Stone, Founder of Twitter

To overcome the myth of instant success, be sure to read our blog post on the 9 Requirements of Success!


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