You often hear the phrase. He/She was an instant success!
That means they were suddenly brought out of obscurity into the public eye for their expertise.
Did they just develop that expertise overnight? The public eye may have become instantly aware, but the expertise was developed over years and many trial & error struggles.
The railway couldn't have sent their first train to the west, until many things happened: the idea had to be conceptualized, the land surveyed, purchased, people hired and years of effort made to lay tracks. Were there hiccups? Absolutely, problems were there. Many times changes and compensation for errors had to be made. The success came only after all the work was completed. Only then could the train go over the tracks to the targeted destination.
Developing an expertise or a project is lonely. You're trying to do something that hasn't been done before so there is no one to grade you except you when what you envision does or does not solidify. Many can't take that.
People want someone to validate them at every step, hence academia tries to launch self-thinkers by giving them validation with grades and certificates. But many times what they do is just get people into an addiction awaiting fast-food validation. (forever students) A validation that may or may not be valid, because nothing new has been established. The student has just regurgitated back what was already known from another forever student who has spun reality from their vantage point.
Those who get fed up with being told what to do usually leave to create their own reality. Working solo, fighting naysayers, trying to make things workout for the new set of problems that they see. Only after the thought has been envisioned, the research done, the money has been invested, and the years of effort to lay one track after another will the opportunity possibly come for a chance at instant success. lol
So prepare your passion, do your work, don't care if you're not recognized for your labor. Most artist, composers, authors and philosophers are not seen as great until after their death.
What you will get is the fulfillment of engaging your life with your passion. That is the blessing. You are contributing something new to the universe, a viewpoint, a creation that most likely will never go viral...or lead to instant success (which has its own difficulties), but has value. Believe in that.
If you're tired of being just one of the sheep, and have the endurance for the long haul, get started now for your instant success.... possibly decades in the future. lol
Enjoy the journey!
The Roadside Philosopher