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Success Secrets (+ hello from Rome!)



I had to write in capitals because everything in this city is SO DAMN HUGE.


In comparison to the buildings you feel like a small flea here.


In-case you didn’t know I’m here on my honeymoon…and we’ve been soaking up the sights that Roma has to offer.

There’s the Colosseum (aka me and hubby above)…there’s the Vatican City (and oh my goodness the Sistine Chapel)…St peter’s of Basilica…the Pantheon…the Trevi Fountain….and a bazillion more incredible breath-taking sights.

But what do all of these buildings have in common?

And what do they have to do with success?

Well believe it or not there is a common thread here…and I’ll explain.

As I’ve learned more and more about the history of beautiful Roma and all of these ancient buildings – some of which are more than 2000 years old…the one thing that struck me was this:

“Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

Cliché I know – but there’s so much truth in those six words.

In-fact many of these tremendous pieces of art took multiple lifetimes to build.

Just imagine having an idea to create something and to undertake this, knowing that you probably won’t even see the finished article during your lifetime?

Crazy right?

Or not…

You see, I figure there’s one thing that artists like Michael Angelo, Leonardo Davinci and Bernini all had in common.

Just one tiny little thing…

Yep you guessed it –


They could SEE this big picture and they weren’t afraid to work for it.

Even if that meant working their ENTIRE LIVES on it…and it still not getting the job done.

That is how committed they were to their own vision of success.

And so I want to ask you something.

You want success right?

You want the huge masterpiece – whether it’s a cranking business, a romance of a lifetime or the lifestyle of your dreams.

But are you willing to work for it?

Are you willing to commit?

Because this is the single most important decision you will ever make.

It’s the difference between success and failure.

Between a Da Vinci or a nobody.

And I can honestly say – hand on heart that this is my biggest secret to success.

It’s about having a long-term view.

And I’ve seen it with my own businesses.

Things always take longer than you want – but they kind of have to.

Because good things take time to come to fruition.

And where you start out, try to is not where you end up.

So wherever you are with your ambitions – think in decades not years…

Commit to the long-term vision knowing that it will be yours – maybe not today or tomorrow – but eventually.

And if you do this –success will inevitably be yours.

This quote from A Course in Miracles sums it up perfectly:

“Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and without anxiety.”

Things may take a little longer than you planned – but you’ll get there.

And if you’ve already started a business or a project and you’re feeling frustrated that it’s not happening for you as fast as you wanted, maybe take a step back.

Ask yourself – has it really been that long?

Am I looking at the big picture?

Or am I just being impatient?

Because if it’s something that you’re willing to devote a lifetime to, then believe me the end result will well be worth it.

And success will over slowly creep up on you.

All in good time of course 🙂

I’d love to hear from you about your approach to success?

Are you a long-term planner or a ‘want it all now’ kind of person?

Tell me in the comments below.

Right – I’m off to the Piazza Navona!

With love,

Zoë B

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2 Comments. Leave new

Hello Zoe,
First of, CONGRATULATIONS! Wish you to have a happy family!
Thank you for your post! Rome is my absolutely favorite city in the world (well, at least among the cities I have visited). Your words did really resonate with me – probably it is because we all live in such a fast-changing world that we forget to be patient. We need fast results, we need to have everything and right now. And feel frustrated, discouraged and disappointed if the result doesn’t come. So, thank you very much for reminding me that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”!
All the best to you and your hubby 🙂

Susan Mary Malone
August 20, 2015 3:20 pm

Oh, Zoe, thank you for this! While my whole life seems to be about this (I’m an author, lol!), sometimes it sure helps to hear it again. Especially: “They could SEE this big picture and they weren’t afraid to work for it.” That sustains me. So often the road for a novel is long and winding and and fraught with perils, and the end, well, not even on the horizon. But by “seeing” it in my mind, I keep writing page after page . . .
You brought me with you to Rome, to the ancient wonders that indeed, took lifetimes to build. And by doing so, inspired me this morning.
Thank You!


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