We all like to know the deep secrets of the universe, ESPECIALLY if there’s a shortcut involved.
A headline like this really builds anticipation, right?
So, are you ready for the life-changing content the title promised you? Are you sitting down? Brace yourself. Here we go.
Amazing shortcuts to greatness… don’t exist!!!
That’s right, there are no amazing shortcuts to greatness, or anything worth your aspirations. Sure, there are those who are “”struck by lightning” or become “overnight sensations,” but the they are very few and far between and are mostly short-lived stories of too much too fast and a recipe for shipwreck. To put it simply, shortcuts short-circuit the process that makes us the real deal.
You do want to be the real deal, right?
Sure you do.
I don’t think anybody decides they want to be a fake or a sham or a pile of hype, but looking for shortcuts opens the door for you to be deluded – deluded into thinking that there is an easier way to get where you want to go, but people just don’t know about it yet. Anything worth doing, anything worth aspiring to has a price tag attached to it.
Let’s be real for a moment. The price of becoming may just be more than we want to pay. The life you desire is a series of steps. Some of those steps are bigger than others, but there is no quality life outside of the steps it takes to get there.
I used to joke with my kids when we were stuck in traffic that someone should invent a helicopter car for just such times. Feeling stuck or trapped will cause you to look for workarounds or shortcuts, and there may be some available to you. They always have a price tag, too. Usually a hidden one. Usually a big one. Usually bigger than the price of actually taking the necessary step to be the real deal.
Becoming the real deal is a recipe that includes hard work, desire, passion, hunger, resolve, and patience. It includes a commitment to a lifetime of learning, growing and becoming better all the time. It includes staying focused on doing whatever it takes to be the real deal – whatever it cost, however long it takes, no matter how many steps are involved in the process.
The next time someone tries to con you into thinking you can skip important steps, remember this illustration and chuckle to yourself:
Enjoy the steps.
Enjoy the journey.
Take joy in getting there.
No shortcuts, ok?