EVERY SHORTCUT MAY HAVE A DOWNFALL
“Every shortcut has a price usually greater than the reward.” – Bryant McGill. We’ve heard it time and again, over and over, there is no shortcut to success. Then why is it still that, every day we see people trying to take the shorter and less tedious route to their goals.
Maybe there is some advantage to taking shortcuts that we may not be seeing. But then if all shortcuts had to work out all the time, just the way you wanted them to, they wouldn’t be called shortcuts. They would be the way things were meant to be done. For those who have watched the movie Limitless, Eddie Morra, while suffering from writer’s block and struggling to finish his book in the fast approaching deadline, shifts his focus to a drug that gives his mind superhuman like powers, if only temporarily.
But like any drug, its additive powers are far more destructive than all the productivity the drug can actually provide. In his process to acquire more of the ‘smart drug’, Eddie loses out on more than he bargained for.
• One can easily gather that, searching for a shortcut in itself is more tedious than the actual work. In the process of taking the easy way out, you end up losing more time than you accounted for. And for a job half done, you realize it wasn’t even worth the effort.
• Just like there is no shortcut to success, there is no substitute for hard work. Unsuccessful people attribute others success to taking a shortcut and a case of preferred luck. Fact is, had the successful people spent all their time looking for shortcuts, they never would be in the position they are today. When a shortcut becomes the singular focus, it subliminally starts telling your brain to avoid any hard work. You start to undermine your own goals and objectives.
• People who are in for easy money, have probably never heard the saying, ‘if it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t’. Taking a shortcut may sound attractive and appealing, but so does everything that comes in a beautiful wrapping paper. It’s only when you tear the paper off do you realize the truth hidden inside.
• Smart work, more than hard work maybe the best way to get any job done, but taking shortcuts may even have its merits. But the only way you’ll be satisfied about taking the easy way out is by self – deceiving. On the surface you’ll believe you did a better job than you were expected to do, but when the time comes for you to honestly analyze yourself, it’ll make you believe to be far worse than you actually are. Who wants to live with that guilty sword hanging over their head all the time?
• There might have been instances when taking a shortcut may have worked for the better, but more often than not, it is the poor understanding of the situation that makes you want to believe that you’ve taken a shortcut and it actually worked.
Always do things the harder way around first, because then when you actually find a shortcut, you’ll appreciate it!
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