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Rovio spent eight years and nearly went bankrupt before finally creating their massive hit Angry Birds.

James Dyson failed in 5,126 prototypes before perfecting his revolutionary vacuum cleaner.

OMGPOP had three months of money left when it released its 35th game, Draw Something.

Groupon was put on life support and nearly shut down at one point in its meteoric rise.

WD-40 got its name because the first 39 experiments failed.

The dirty little secret of overnight successes? There are no overnight successes.

The future will be ruled by obsessives.

If you're even thinking about overnight success you're probably already on the wrong track.

To succeed you need more grit, more deliberate practice, more flow.

Loving what you're doing is the quickest route to all these.

In fact, loving may not be enough. It must be painful to NOT do the thing.

Me when I don't blog.

Thanks for reminding me about flow:

Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. Proposed by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, the positive psychology concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields.

Likelihood of experiencing flow is positively related to novelty seeking, persistence, and self-transcendence, but negatively related to self-directedness.

Ok, now I do need to practice.

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