There is no true overnight success.
Persistence works hand-in-hand with patience.
It typically takes 10 years of working toward your goal to achieve success. For example, "Steven Spielberg had the rights to 'Schindler's List' for 10 years before he felt ready to make the movie that won him the Oscar for Best Director,".
And it's important to keep in mind that failure is inevitable — whether it's making mistakes or facing blatant rejection. How you deal with it can be the deciding factor.
"Failure can be heartbreaking, and when it happens you have a choice,". "You can let it be your school or your funeral."
The right choice, of course, is using failure as a stepping stone and building off it. Once you do, it's all about relentlessly moving forward.