I have been working hard and expecting nothing.
it seems that's the best way to go about anything that you really want in life. When you really push for something, it just really doesn't happen, does it? If your life had a plan from the moment you were born, and there was a path to follow, what would be the point of your life? Not knowing what's ahead and making it happen is what's so gratifying. I never even thought I'd be published in a magazine, but today I am, and It hasn't hit me, yet. I don't even know how it happened.
Persevere, and you'll get there.