WordPress – an overnight success!
Sorry, Matt, I couldn’t resist. 🙂
Seriously, Matt’s post entitled Meaningful Overnight Relationship really hit home over here. For whatever reason, we’ve started getting the “Wow, you’re an overnight success! How did you do it?” questions a lot here at SmugMug lately. (Answer: “Work really hard for 6 years and maybe, just maybe, people will start to notice” … of course, that leads to the inevitable “Wow, you were so young!” line of questions that Matt is still getting…).
Sam Walton probably said it best when talking about Wal-Mart: “Like most other overnight successes, it was about 20 years in the making.” But Matt says it extremely well, too. I think his story, and Ben & Mena Trott’s, and Howard Schultz’s, and SmugMug’s are much more exciting than a typical get-rich-quick story. These are the kind of stories that power lasting successes and this list is long. Most of your favorite brands these days have a story like this behind them, rather than a “I sold to Yahoogle” story.
On a related note, we’ll send you a free copy of Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur’s Soul if you’re interested in these sorts of stories. The book is full of great ones from lots of “overnight successes”. 😉
And finally, we do love WordPress. You’re reading a WordPress blog right now.