Thursday, May 14, 2015

Success is attributable to internal and external factors

Just because you have a great fire in your soul and nobody ever comes to warm their hands by it, doesn’t mean the world is blind to your talents. Just because you build it and nobody comes, doesn’t mean people aren’t interested in what you have to offer. 

Sometimes it’s just a matter of timing. Being the right person, in the right place, at the right time, with the right product, in front of the right audience, and with the right leverage. Even if that moment comes late in your career. 

Maron achieved commendable success as a young comedian and actor, but didn’t become a household name until his podcast became a cult hit when he was in his late forties. Hundreds of millions of downloads later, it’s clear that his success was the intersection of talent and timing. 

Marc was the perfect age to take advantage of the opportunities that the comedy podcast boom opened up. He was in the ideal life situation to take back the means of production and experiment with a nontraditional medium that was less than a decade old and had no rules. Combine those structural forces with his insightful, intellectual and interesting worldview, you’ve got one hell of a recipe for success. 

The irony is, now every young comedian is trying to follow the same path. And yet, few have achieved the same level of success, because although the talent might be there, the timing isn’t. 

Maron got through a door just as it was closing. 

Proving, that timing isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.

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