BOSS Mindset – Overnight Success

How do you know if you’ve ‘made it’? Where is that magical place and how the heck to you get there? What does it take to become an ‘overnight success’?

Anne and Gabby talk about their personal journeys to BOSSness and debunk some of the myths of ‘success’. Our resident VO Bosses chat about how to adapt to the changing VO marketplace! It’s your business and your path to success, learn how to choose the most compatible BOSS path for your business!


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Overnight success- does it exist? Not really.

  2. Don’t compare your career success to others. Everyone takes different paths regardless of the goal.

  3.  ‘Overnight success’ is the exception and not the rule.

  4. Be gentle with yourself and be patient.

  5. Define Success as YOU see it.

  6. Even people with an ‘inside connection’ share in the struggle of building a successful VO career

  7. Be honest with yourself and plan realistically for your career

  8. Figure out what your realistic definition of success and measure yourself by your ow standards

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

Read about Kylie Jenner’s Success in Building a Business


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Gabby: And now on with the show.

Anne: Welcome, everybody, to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with my beautiful bestie-bosstie, Gabby Nistico. Hey, Gabby.

Gabby: Hi.

Anne: [laughs] So Gabby, I get a lot of questions from my, my students and just in general in my groups about “why my career hasn’t taken off yet,” or “how long do I have to work at this before I’m success?” So I think we should talk about the overnight success. Is there such a thing, in, in this industry? Is there such a thing anywhere in business?

Gabby: I get asked this a lot too. Some of where it stems from is frustration. You know, people, people have this impression that they see someone who seemingly came out of nowhere and started to have all of this success and all of these wonderful things happen to them, right? And it causes others to get kind of angry, resentful.

Anne: Frustrated.

Gabby: Yeah. Because they don’t understand why the same isn’t happening for them. Weeellll….

Anne: You know, I just read an article this morning in Forbes —

Gabby: mm.

Anne: — about Kylie Jenner.

Gabby: Oh geez.

Anne: And they are saying, in just three years, right, she’s uhh CEO of a $900 million makeup empire. And it’s not all it seems.

Gabby: OK, so we know Kylie of course being a sister to the Kardashians, and part of the whole Kardashian-Jenner empire, we could say in one sentence that yes, in three years, a 20-year-old made this monstrous company. However —

Anne: [laughs] I don’t think she did that without help. [laughs]

Gabby: Well, that and there’s another, another way to view it, right, which is that it’s not, “oh my gosh, a 20-year-old did this in three years.” Technically her mom has been doing it for 20.

Anne: There’s been an established brand out there for quite some time that has had quite a bit of investment already. So that whole initial, “oh my God, three years and $900 million?” It wasn’t three years, Gabby.

Gabby: No. From the, from the time that kid was born, she has been groomed and primed for the spotlight and for these kinds of successes. So it makes sense. There is really nothing overnight about that.

Anne: Sure. Exactly.

Gabby: But here’s an interesting statistic. I’m a huge fan of “Entrepreneur” magazine, and their website, I know you and your husband have a plethora of vacuums throughout the house.

Anne: We do!

Gabby: I think you have like one in every room.

Anne: [laughs]

Gabby: You have like an illness of some sort. I don’t know what that is.

Anne: We don’t need to go into this here.

Gabby: OK, fair enough. But you are familiar with Dyson, right?

Anne: I love my Dysons.

Gabby: mm-hmm.

Anne: Notice that was a plural.

Gabby: ha ha ha ha ha.

Anne: [laughs]

Gabby: So James Dyson, the founder of the company, the man, the myth, the legend, he had 5100 failed prototypes —

Anne: Wow.

Gabby: — before his first successful product. 15 years of failure before becoming an “overnight success.”

Anne: Yeah, right? [laughs] Well, wasn’t it Malcolm Gladwell who said you need, how many, 10,000 hours?

Gabby: Yeah.

Anne: Invested to become —

Gabby: The 10,000 hour rule. Here is another one I love. In the same article, they talk about George RR Martin, the author, the guy who wrote and created Game of Thrones.

If you know anything about him, you know that this is a gentleman now in his elder years, and his work is just now being hailed as this iconic, legendary, you know, book series that’s changed our world.

Anne: mm-hmm.

Gabby: He’s been writing for decades. Not an overnight success. Bill Gates. This is, this one’s worth a chuckle: Colonel Sanders.

Anne: Yeah. [laughs]

Gabby: Apparently the Colonel had a whole lot of secret recipes before the secret recipe —

Anne: Before [laughs]

Gabby: — came to be. And the article is literally titled “Five Inspiring Guys who Prove Overnight Success is BS.”

Anne: Yay, thank, thank goodness, Gabby, that, that we’re talking about this, because I know so many, so many people who get so frustrated, and I want to just shake them and say, “stop. Just be patient.” Be patient and I mean, my goodness, you and I have been in this industry long enough, you even longer than me, and have worked our tails off for more than 10,000 hours. I’m going to say, if you figure out how many hours a week, how many hours a week is 10,000 hours? I think I’ve figured it out. It was five years or something. It has taken longer than that, you know, for me. I’ve been investing many, many, many hours much longer than that. And so I think that you have to be gentle with yourself [laughs] um and be patient, and don’t give up. There’s so many people that give up so quickly thinking that, “oh, you know, it’s just, it’s not working for me. I’m not getting any work.” It plays that mind game, so many mind games with you, [laughs] if you’re not careful, if you let it. So understand that there is no such thing, really, truly, even the Kylie Jenner article, right? Where they made it seem like, “oh my God, it was practically overnight. It was three years, and now there’s $900 million. How did that happen?” Well, if you really try to think of what logically happened in that story, it was much more than three years in the making, much more.