Success Sometimes takes longer than expected

Success takes longer than planned according to Motivational Keynote Speaker Marilyn Sherman

Don't ever give up...even when no one shows up!


In my ever attempt to de-clutter my office and now my garage, I stumble upon things that I wonder why I kept for so long.  Do I really need my high school report cards or programs from a volleyball tournament in 1979?  Maybe not, but I did find a flyer advertising a public seminar that stopped me in my tracks.  It was called “Time Management – Preparing for 1991″.  Yes, 1991.  The reason why I kept it was to remind me that success sometimes takes longer than expected.  You see, that was my flyer that I sent to people in my community at the time – Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton Pennsylvania.  I rented out the Holiday Inn in Bethelem and offered coffee and materials for a three hour seminar sure to help you take control of your productive, fulfilling life for 1991!   The good news is that I was working full time and wanted to break out as a speaker and put together a program to jump start my motivational speaker career.  The bad news is….no one showed up!  It was a costly event considering I had already paid for the room (and coffee!) and materials for no one.  So, I practiced and visualized that one day I would have an audience.  I’m sure I didn’t feel it at the time, but looking back, I am grateful that I didn’t give up!  I kept on on with my dream  of being a motivational speaker – the route just was a bit different and took a little longer.  I don’t think I put on another public event until I started doing Power Up Breakfasts for Professional Women in San Diego years later.  But, I ended up working for a seminar company where THEY filled up the rooms and I just showed up to speak.

So if you hit a wall on your way to a dream, keep going.  It may take longer than you had planned, but eventually you’ll get there!


From your patient yet persistent motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman


Marilyn Sherman, CSP is a Front-Row Leadership Expert helping people get out of the balcony and get a front-row seat in life. For over 20 years she has inspired audiences with topics on Visioning, Goal Achievement and having a No More Excuses attitude! Check out her fun, dynamic style at

Marilyn Sherman, Owner UpFront Presentations - Helping people get a Front-Row seat in their life!
9030 W. Sahara Ave #444
Las Vegas, NV 89117

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  1. Outstanding post, Marilyn. If you already don’t, that’s a story for a motivational keynote.  I applaud your vulnerability in sharing your truth. Dreams take time and it’s consistency and persistency that often makes the difference.

  2. Thank goodness you persisted in your vision to become an inspiring motivational speaker.  That is a great story for a keynote, I agree Colette!

  3. GREAT reminder,  Marilyn! As a person who is not so great with “delayed gratification” I needed this reminder!  Thank you!

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