There is no magic formula for success

We often hear stories of overnight successes and magical rises to fame, but how often is success truly the result of some mystical force?

Dec 4, 2023

5 min

Let's debunk the myth and uncover the genuine driving forces behind true success.

I experienced it on my own, and what it takes. In the end, there is no overnight success. Every one of them has hardly grown over months or even years and suddenly reaches the surface, which is also needed to keep it up in the long run and, with that, sustainable.

The same goes for me. It took me one year to become successful with my businesses. And I failed more than 10 times earlier. Success is always hardly earned. Here are a few examples that have success, but are coming from a long way:

  • OpenAI (Founded in 2015)

  • Framer (Founded in 2015)

  • Linktree (Founded in 2016)

  • Tailwind (Founded in 2012)

  • Blinkist (Founded in 2012)

As you can see, it always takes many years to be successful. I have collected my most important aspects to break this barrier of success and finally find a reward for my hard work. So let's dive in.

Persistence and Patience

No mountain is climbed in a day. Behind every success story is a tale of countless hours of hard work, failures, learning, and retrying. Embracing the journey with patience is crucial. It took me about 10 tries to find something that worked. Try and fail. Repeat. Until you land a success!

Continuous Learning

Successful individuals never stop growing. They read, take courses, attend seminars, and always strive to better themselves. As the saying goes, "Knowledge is power.". The same goes for me. I buy online courses, go to conferences, and read books, all to grow my knowledge about all kinds of things.

Adapt and Improve

In a constantly changing world, the ability to adapt and evolve is indispensable. Those who cling too tightly to old methods can get left behind. Make sure you stay updated and seek feedback on everything you do. If you stay flexible as well, this will help you to adapt faster to new environments.

Grow your network

Building meaningful relationships can open doors you never knew existed. It's not just about who you know, but genuinely connecting and collaborating with others. Go do community events, workshops, or conferences. Engage on social with other people. And most importantly: Offer value to these people. This will make them give something back to you as well.

Strengthen Your Mental Strength

The road to success is paved with challenges. A resilient mind that can maintain focus and avoid being easily discouraged is a formidable tool. Embrace new challenges with positivity and try to grow with them.


It's the fuel that drives you when times get tough. If you love what you do, you'll find a way to overcome every hurdle. If you are not passionate about what you do, I recommend you find something else. The road to success is long and hard, you better love what you do, otherwise, this becomes impossible to achieve.

Setting Clear Goals

Make sure you know your destination. This ensures you're moving in the right direction. Regularly revisiting and refining your goals keeps you on track. Defining clear, actionable goals is pivotal for maintaining focus and directing your energy toward what truly matters. Without a target in sight, efforts can scatter, and progress might stagnate. I keep my goals very simple and effective. I focus on one thing at a time, so I keep my efficiency as high as possible.


In conclusion, success isn't about a magical formula or a lucky break. It's a blend of dedication, constant growth, and unwavering focus. So, the next time you hear a fantastic success story, remember the journey behind it. And know that with the right mindset and commitment, you too can write your own.

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