One of my favorite success stories to tell is about watching the construction of the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square.
I was working as a college helper for New York City’s electrician’s union that summer, I believe it was 1986. I would walk each morning from Penn Station to a condominium renovation on Seventh Avenue, and then back in the afternoon.
That summer, the Marquis was under construction. For the eight or so weeks I worked, it didn’t look as if much was going on. Just a lot of stuff in the foundation. Everything was at ground level.
Then about six weeks in a story of the building went up.
The next day, another went up.
By the end of the summer at least fifteen stories were completed.
And a couple of months after that, a fully functioning hotel was born. It looked like it had been there forever!
If you weren’t really paying attention, you would have thought the success was sudden. Nothing one day…a building the next.
Of course you know where this is going…
All the “sudden success” we experience only happens when we’ve built the foundation for it.
All that important infrastructure. The concrete, the electricity, the plumbing.
Your business…the same thing is true.
You can put up all the bright and shiny facades you’d like.
If the foundation isn’t strong, it won’t matter. It’ll only be a matter of time before they collapse.
Real success happens slowly and carefully.
You don’t often see the real work. And it takes longer than the visible, public success.
But it’s what makes everything strong and stable.
What success have you had the seemed like it happened overnight, but had a foundation was built slowly and carefully?
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