Shortcuts Don’t Work


There are no shortcuts in life. Well… that’s not entirely true. I guess if you do a video that goes viral, you’ve just landed yourself in the feigning light of success. For a little while anyway…

We don’t want to be a flash in the pan when it comes to our lives. We want what we’re doing to count… to last. But if you try to do it quick where you’re cutting corners and taking shortcuts, it’s not going to happen. And if it does, the quality will be crap so you’ll need to start over. There is no get-rich-quick scheme that will get you rich quick.

We’ve all heard it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert. In round numbers, that’s about 5 years. If you’re young, time is on your side. But if you’re not so young, like me, you’ll need to find a way to make it happen a little bit quicker.

Put the work in.

We’ve got to focus on our passion and lean in to our purpose… hard. Plant the fields. Look forward to the harvest. Plan your work and work your plan. Map your route and then follow it. Get some guts about you and do it without apology.

Find someone to help you.

I’ve been trying to figure this auto-responder, web-site building, book-writing, product-generating, online-marketing thing all by myself. I’m really burning up my 10,000 hours just spinning my wheels. Someone I know knows this stuff. Now he is doing this stuff for me so I can work what I need to work.

Stay in motion.

As you’re moving forward, opportunities will present themselves. It’s called momentum. Keep on keeping on. Nothing is happening when you’re sitting still. Use momentum to create energy.

Whenever I’ve tried to take a shortcut, I usually end up worse off than if I had just stayed my course, leaving me even more frustrated. Stay true to your purpose in life by keeping your nose to the grind stone, finding others to speed up your learning, and simply staying on the throttle. Remember… sometimes a shortcut ends in a dead end and you certainly don’t want to end up there.