“Rome was not built in a day” is a popular wise saying, referring to the fact that any great achievement doesn’t come easy.

According to Wikipedia, it “is an adage attesting to the need for time to create great things”.

This saying can be applied to those who have made good money online or become successful from the Internet as well.

The idea of building your very own online “Rome” (becoming successful online) will not happen overnight and you must understand and have this mindset.

If you take the time to study most of the successful Internet entrepreneurs today or even those who have made considerable money online, you will discover that they did not get to their “destination” overnight.

It took them time and effort before they got there.

While keeping their dreams and aspirations in perspective they also made the necessary “sacrifices” that took months or years to achieve or build their “Rome”.

That being said, if you aspire to be a successful Internet entrepreneur or inspire to make considerable money online, you must keep this in mind.

Also, you must keep in mind the other part of the saying which refers to the input that is needed to become a successful entrepreneur online.

For clarity sake, the saying would be “Rome was not built in a day, but they were laying bricks by the hour”.

Yes,“…they were laying bricks by the hour” is the hidden secret used to build Rome.

For aspiring Internet entrepreneurs, this part of the saying should be very important for you. Laying your bricks (doing what should be done online) by the hour, will get your “Rome” built, eventually!

The following are 6 very compelling reasons why your Internet success story, like Rome, won’t be built in a day:

1. You Need to Start Small and Make Incremental Progress


Most successful Internet entrepreneurs of today did not become rich overnight.

They started with an idea, worked on it to provide value, and steadily grew they wealth by selling the value. It took some a few years to get “there” while it took others many more years to arrive.

Even those you see who make many thousands of dollars or even millions within few days, spent years to get to the point of being able to do all that within few days.

Some started with just one employee, one business idea, one system, etc, but with time, effort, and experience, they grew and got better in all ramifications until they became successful online entrepreneurs.

You will need to also start small and make incremental or marginal increase in the effort you put each day. Laying your bricks like the Romans did, will help you achieve online success, eventually.

And what’s even more important is that by laying your bricks “by the day” as the Romans did, you end up building a much stronger online empire. One that can stand the test of time and one that will add value to the lives of all those who do business with it.

Isn’t that worth laying your bricks diligently for? I think it is!


2. You Need To Follow a Proven System

Most successful Internet entrepreneurs of today followed or created a proven system that helped them succeed. The system can be referred to as the organization of efforts, skills and knowledge to achieve a certain objectives.

You shouldn’t just follow any system blindly. Instead, follow a system that has already been proven to lead to success. This will save you time you would have wasted doing what won’t work.

Thankfully there are many others who have already succeeded in many fields of endeavor. Learn about what they did and follow their proven system.

If you concentrate on the right proven system and apply the right actions with determination and dedication, all these will eventually lead to your online success.

A proven and right system is the right brick that will help you actualize your Rome.

Daily, monthly, quarterly, and yearly habits in laying your bricks will eventually help you build your empire!

Like what James Clear said in his short Huffingtonpost article:

“Actually Rome is just the result, the bricks are the system. The system is greater than the goal. Focusing on your habits is more important than worrying about your outcomes.

Of course, there’s nothing necessarily impressive about laying a brick. It’s not a fantastic amount of work. It’s not a grand feat of strength or stamina or intelligence. Nobody is going to applaud you for it.

But laying a brick every day, year after year? That’s how you build an empire”

If you are still looking for the right system which really works, check out this system that I am currently using to make money online. It’s run by this very site and has already made lots of money for lots of members.


3. You Need To Learn By Practice and Repetition


True successful online entrepreneurs will still be successful again if they suddenly lose all they have now.

Why is that?

Because they already learned what it took to get to where they are now. They have learned from the years of practice and repetition.

They did not just wish to be rich without doing anything to make their wishes come true.

Instead they put in the needed efforts in creating and promoting the products that brought them where they are today.

You should do the same to get the same results.

You should not be afraid to fail with any idea and never give up until you have mastered the skill that will take you to the necessary success level.


4. You Need To Exhibit Strong Attitude of Patience and Courage

On the journey of success, patience is required to accomplish what has been planned out.

Internet entrepreneurs obviously also experience lots of hiccups and challenges along the way but the virtues of patience and courage supersede the thought of giving up on their dreams.

This should apply to you as well, if you are serious about eventually succeeding online and joining the league of successful online entrepreneurs.

You need a strong attitude of patience to keep going until you succeed.

You also need strong courage to face the possible challenges that may want to discourage you, along the way. And trust me, you will face challenges, no matter how good you are.

Many have quit when faced with such challenges.

Don’t be one of them.

Don’t quit!


5. You Need To Make The Right Investment in Time and Resources

Successful Internet entrepreneurs invest time and resources in what they do.

They believe that there is the time to sow and there is the time to reap. So, they make all efforts to invest time, energy, and resources needed for success.

Every effort and action has its time-frame and the necessary resources for accomplishment.

This should also apply to you as you work towards your success online.

Since Rome was not build in a day, you need to invest the time needed to succeed in your venture.

The fact remains that some projects would be accomplished faster than others but it helps when you have the mentality that investing time and resources in a particular project would eventually be rewarded with success.

Good things in life do not go to those who don’t work for it. That’s just the plain truth. Even if some lazy people achieve success without putting in the right amount of work, such success usually won’t endure.

If you want yours to endure, you have to be ready to put in the right investment of time, resources and effort.


6. You Need To Understand the Reality of Becoming a Successful Online Entrepreneur


Becoming a successful entrepreneur has its peculiar challenges even for Internet marketers. Don’t ever forget that.

There is the reality of setting goals, making plans, connecting with the right people, serving the target audience, taking the right action which leads to wealth, and of course – maintaining the wealth.

It’s not just getting the wealth, but maintaining or sustaining it.

All these takes time and effort.

Becoming a successful Internet entrepreneur should not be a fantasy you only wish for. It must be followed with a sense of responsibility, hard-work, determination and perseverance!



Rome was not built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour. If you must become a successful Internet entrepreneur, you should be ready to lay the daily bricks of time, resources, effort, etc.

Do that consistently and eventually you WILL build your own Rome and become an online success story!


Once again, if you are still looking for the right system which really works, check out this system that I am currently using to make money online. It’s run by this very site and has already made lots of money for lots of members. What’s fantastic about this system is you are guaranteed of making money within 30 days if you take the step-by-step recommended actions.

Whether you agree with what I shared in this article or not, please share your thoughts in the comments below. I look forward to reading them.




  1. Hello David,

    I like the points you made here-comparing a business to building Rome.

    It’s sad that most people go on the entrepreneurial route thinking they will be in massive profit quickly (even I thought that in the beginning!)

    But it takes lots of effort and time and of course learning how to get customers or clients to see your offers and then to get them to buy. But “brick by brick” eventually you’ll get your Rome! 😉

    Thanks for sharing this piece!

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  2. Hi David,

    Internet marketing success has been compared with ‘the building of Rome’ literary. Indeed, it is a perfect comparison because nothing good comes easy.

    The most interesting aspect of this discussion that must not be forgotten is the ‘laying of bricks’. Yes, it takes the making of sacrifice daily to achieve any tangible success.

    For anyone who wants to become a ‘success story with Internet marketing’,he/she must be willing and ready to pay the price of success.

    The reasons you have shared with us are quite compelling!

  3. Hey David,

    Numbers #1 and #3 were the kickers for me!

    I can remember when I first started with a home business, I couldn’t understand how someone could join a new business and already get instant great results.

    But later on I figured out that it took a lot of practice and learning from their failures to be able to do this.

    All I had to do is be patient, stay open minded, and learn from my mistakes. You will definitely improve as you go along your journey!

    Great share Davide! Have a great rest of the week!
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  4. Hi David,

    Indeed Rome was not built in a day and so is Internet success. Like the figurative Rome, Internet success is not just a flash.

    It is a planned and consistent delivery of efforts that brings about success.

    I like the details of reason number 6 which highlighted the most most important actions that must be taken to achieve success online

    : “There is the reality of setting goals, making plans, connecting with the right people, serving the target audience, taking the right action which leads to wealth, and of course – maintaining the wealth.”

  5. Hi David,

    This is an inspiring post for those who are want to give up their dream of making it online. If one is not well acquainted with the stress, challenges and frustrations of running an online business, it could be overwhelming and discouraging.

    However, if one understands that “Rome was not truly built in a day” then it would be easier to keep holding on until success is achieved.

    I agree with all the six compelling reasons for holding on so that the Internet marketing success would be achieved!

  6. Hello David,

    Indeed, Internet success doesn’t come easy. Like the popular “Rome was not built in a day” maxim, there are lots of efforts and patience needed to achieve the success needed.

    Investment and application of the right physical, mental and financial resources are required to build a “Rome” around a business!

    Daily plans and actions must be sustained to ensure that progress is made and that success is eventually fulfilled.

    Thanks for this awesome post!

  7. Hi David,

    Comparing internet business success and the building of Rome really is a stroke of genius.

    Building a successful internet business is a huge undertaking. Overnight successes unfortunately don’t exist.

    People really need to know that in 99% of cases, starting an internet business will be harder and more stressful than their current employment.

    Also are they focused enough to stick with it, when like Rome the business takes years to build?

    Great post, have a lovely day.

  8. Hi David,

    This post is a must bookmarked for me! It reminds me of the need to be fastidious, patience and hopeful with every step and task taken in Internet marketing .

    Overnight success doesn’t apply with real Internet success. Just as Rome was never built in a day, true Internet success is not an overnight thing.

    Following a proven system at the right period is one good reason to compel individuals who have dreamed of Internet success to remain focus!

  9. Hey David,

    I like this: “Rome was not built in a day, but they were laying bricks by the hour”. This should be an inscription in the heart of anyone seeking for Internet success.

    It doesn’t matter what odds are against the online success but if consistent action in the right direction is taken daily then success would be guaranteed.

    The laying of bricks by the hour in the Internet marketing journey must never be downplayed. This is where the real success lies!

  10. There is no doubt that success online doesn’t come easy. Only the misinformed will dispute this fact. Just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, success online doesn’t happen overnight.

    To achieve Internet success, one must be prepared to pay the price.

    Yes, the price to pay will include laying daily bricks which symbolizes the goal setting, mastering required skills, exhibiting patience and courage during set backs, networking and building strategic relationships,etc.

    All of these takes time and effort but they are worth doing to achieve the needed success!

  11. Hi David,

    Daily learning by practice and repetition is an attitude that will inspire success for the Internet marketer fast. The more practice one gets will ensure that the knowledge, experience and skill are embroidered into their hearts.

    Those that layed bricks on Rome are ‘practitioners’ who made efforts to see that the right building block is laid at the right place. This is a big lesson for our Internet success today.

    I completely agree with you on all of the compelling reasons you have shared on this post!

  12. Hey David,

    It is good to be reminded of these 6 compelling reasons why Internet success won’t be easy!

    Yes, I have come to realize that while online success is not always easy but the principles and steps of achieving it is clear and simple.

    Therefore, there is need to embrace all the sacrifices that need to be made in order to achieve success.

    Rome wasn’t built in a day but there was laying of bricks daily to make the city come to fruition! This is a great lesson, and I am glad, I have found this post!

  13. Hello David,

    Indeed, Rome was not built in a day and Internet success wont be either. This is a fact and also a reality.

    Goals need to be set, actions need to be taken and consistent researches need to be done. As it was with the building of Rome, so it is with building an online business.

    The six reasons you have shared here are compelling! They will inspire and motivate the online marketer to keep doing what is necessary for success!

  14. Hi David

    Of course true,

    You need to work hard. There is no magic pill to riches online. Just like offline business, it takes effort and time to become successful.

    Sure, there are people out there making millions with only 5 hours of work a week, but you can bet that those millionaires have invested thousands of hours to get to that point.


  15. Indeed Rome was not built in a day, especially for people who delve into blogging not out of the passion but because they hear it is lucrative and puts money in the pocket.

    Patience should be put in place irrespective of the motive, as they say in Africa, ‘Better Soup, na Money Kill am’

    So you have to Kill am with money (Handwork) for your soup to better (Blog).

    Patience and persistence should be key even at situations when it seems you can no longer keep on keeping on, always find a way to keep your dreams and passions alive, and at the end it will pay off well.

    Great Post! Keep up the good work!
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  16. Hi David,

    I really like the analogy of Rome you used in this post. It’s sheer brilliance the way you used it to make your point.

    It made my day reading this, particularly how encouraging it is for those of us who are still working hard but haven’t completed our Rome yet.

    Like Rome, I will continue laying my bricks daily until my success happens.

    Thanks for your words of encouragement in this great post.

  17. Hi there David,

    I’ve read of this Rome wasn’t built in a day saying before but never read it so beautifully used to make such strong point as you did in this article.

    I’d recommend this to everyone who is on the journey of trying to make money online.

    Great post without a doubt, but what do you think about those who still lay bricks daily and do the necessary work but still don’t get their Rome built?

    What then?

  18. Hi,

    This a really fantastic title you used for this post. If Romans could be patient to build Rome without giving up, why should we give up right?

    Really great example you used.

    I feel very inspired after reading this. Thanks, bro.

  19. Hi David,

    I am with others who have said this is a great post.

    The comparison with Rome was just spot on. It made a lot of sense.

    About the 4th point though, you said not to quit when faced with challenges. What about those challenges that knock you off your game and force you to quit, and for example, abandon trying to make money online and just getting a day job?

    Isn’t that what happens to most people trying to make money online?

  20. These are some great points as to why you need to be patient when it comes not only to internet success, but to success in general. You have to learn the art of patience and discipline.

    We do not live in a magical world where at the snap of a finger everything you ever wanted comes into fruition. It takes years of small efforts to make one big success. There are alot of notions of overnight success.

    And while it is true that some people reach a point of success faster than others or what is perceived as the norm, but even that took patience and hard work behind the scenes.

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  21. Hi David,

    “Rome was not built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour”.

    The line above is my takeaway from all that you’ve said.

    I once read from Darren Rowse of problogger.net that it took 15 minutes of writing every morning for a period of about 8 to 12 months to finally get his first ebook ready for sale.

    But when the ebook was ready for launch, nobody care or know how long it took the author to compile the information together.

    To achieve BIG significant success, we need consistent small daily actions execute towards achieving our main goal.

    Thank you, David…nice share.
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  22. Hi David,

    This is such a great post, in every sense of the word.

    I can remember this “Rome Was Not Built In A Day” saying but never read it used to make such a great point.

    The lesson for me here is that success won’t come without doing the work. But the good thing is that the work can be done bit by bit, just like Rome.

    We shouldn’t stress too much about doing all the work at once. It’s okay to do bit by bit, what’s important is continuous action.

    Thanks for such inspiring and great post.

  23. This is the methodical way to make it happen. There other ways, faster ways, but they are generally hit and miss.

    Building a business is a lot like building a building. First, make sure the ground is solid. Then, make a plan. Lay down a foundation. The build on that.

    There are always parts you can do fast, but if you haven’t practiced and learned from experience, you could head off very fast in the wrong direction.
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  24. Hi David,

    Great post for sure this is.

    I think it’s worth reading this post every now and then for encouragement or motivation, particularly when things look hard and we want to quit.

    It reminds me of the quote about the power of persistence. It’s the day to day activities which eventually lead to success.

  25. Hello David,

    #3 really resonates with me. I have heard internet marketers say that was how they achieved success and I have seen them in action. They do something every single day. Like clockwork. Getting on a schedule is so helpful when it comes to internet marketing or with any business because it helps you stay focused and you actually get things done.

    Thanks for sharing this with us!
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  26. Hello David,

    This was great!

    I keep telling myself this even as time passes and I am not sure if things are changing. All of the points were great.

    Especially point 3. I have not gotten to that point and I am far from it in internet blogging. However, there are other skills in my life that I can say I see that concept play out. Part of it is just good habits. Even if you get stuck not being able to do those habits for a while or you lose the ability to do what you were practicing. It is like riding a bike, as soon as I get on, I am going again.

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