That Slow Take Off

Check the scene. You out with your special someone at that nice restaurant you both like. Boom. The idea hits you like a ton of bricks. That perfect idea you were searching for all along. You have just pulled in the idea for the next Pulitzer Prize. Oh yes. Everyone is going to rush to your website and Amazon for that instant classic. Then…the day comes and reality smacks you in the face like Della Reese on Harlem Nights. No one hails your masterpiece the first week. No one hails it the first month. Or the first year. Five years go by. What do you do with That Slow Take Off?
What do you do indeed. I’ll tell you what you do. You keep grinding. You hone your craft. You go harder. You go. Champions fail. Losers Fail. The difference is, Losers give up in spirit. Champions ramp up in spirit. Champions believe in themselves above all else.

I’ll give you a few examples of Champions who experienced That Slow Take Off.


Marina Abramovic. The legendary Yugoslavian independent artist. Her career didn’t take off until well in her 30’s. Her reputation wasn’t solidified until she was in her early 40’s. She kept on grinding.

Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk. The legendary jazz composer. He didn’t make any mainstream impact until he was 40. His album Brilliant Corners dropped in 1957 and welcomed him to the masses. The rest is history.

Robert Frost

Robert Frost sold his first poem in his early 20’s. However, his first collection of poems wasn’t published until 1913. He was 39 when he first tasted the food off of a published plate.

Rachel Platten

Artist Rachel Platten released three independent albums between 2003 and 2014. She broke large with “Fight Song” at the tender age of 34. She never stopped believing.

2 Chainz

Rapper 2 Chainz started the group Playaz Circle in 1997. He did his thing in utter obscurity until 2010. He changed his name from Tity Boi to 2 Chainz in 2011. His next mixtape propelled him to star status in hip-hop. He was 34 when T.R.U. REALigion dropped. He never gave up.

Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes found herself an unemployed scriptwriter after graduating from USC in 1995. She would perform jobs as an office administrator and a counselor before she hit big 10 years later. In 2005, she would create the show Grey’s Anatomy. She never gave up on her ultimate goal.

So you see. You see six different people from various walks of life. Champions. So what they didn’t get immediate gratification. So what they didn’t get a mob of adoring fans their first project. They didn’t get comfortable being marginalized. They didn’t get comfortable being overlooked. You press on. You fight. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. What you do is you grab your energy and you show That Slow Take Off what’s up. You persevere. Don’t get comfort in the silence. That’s not you. No that’s not you at all. You’re a Comfort Killer. Handle your business…

Donald Sawyer III

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