Hard Work, Silver Bullets and The Path of Least Resistance

There’s a myth out there that hurts a lot of well intentioned people. It’s the one that says success is easy, that you can cut corners and bypass the hard work necessary to turn a dream into a reality.

It’s what the smooth talking “guru” types are selling, and selling quite well, because they know that there are a lot of people who have bought into the lie of shortcuts, silver bullets and the path of least resistance.

Don’t fall for it.

Success, in whatever form you seek, takes work. Hard work. Sure, there are smart things you can do to avoid mistakes and you can learn best practices from others that might help speed up your journey but the work is still there.

Success doesn’t happen on its own. Waiting in line, expecting someone to hand it over or sell you the secret formula in a box just won’t do.

If you really want it, you have to earn it.

There’s no substitute.

It’s not easy but when payday comes around… and it will… the work makes it worth it.

What are your thoughts on hard work, silver bullets and the path of least resistance? Do you feel better when you Earn It?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • So very true! Don't follow people like John Chow. Follow people lik Gary Vaynerchuk!

  • Great point. However you define success, hard work is essential. Being successful in life as a Christ-follower requires dedication, focus, discipline and follow-through. Why should we expect anything else of worth that we pursue to be any different.

    Question: How do you think the "everyone's a winner" mentality that the current generation has grown up hearing affects the idea of hard work and the payoff?

    • Great question Randy. I personally think there is a sense of entitlement that is being created by a number of factors. Some of that having to do with "everyone's a winner" attitude and some of it having to do with too many parents spoiling their kids and not teaching them the value of hard work.

      I hate to paint with a broad brush but there are a lot of people who want something for nothing and they pass that mentality on to the next generation.

      • "people who want something for nothing" – true. I even see this in terms of asking God for needs to be met. We must ask ourselves, "At what point do I trust God to provide and at what point do I need to take responsibility and put 'feet on my prayers' so that I can see the results of my own hard work?" I touched on this in a recent post http://bit.ly/9UzYpn

        I'm enjoying your blog!

  • Absolutely agree. For some reason, we have gotten in our minds that there are quick "schemes" to success, and lasting success has never been from a "quick scheme." It takes hard work, discipline, supportive relationships, and the list goes on. Good reminder.

    • I often think that the "have it your way right away" marketing messages out there have swayed our perception of reality when it comes to success and results. TV shows are pulled if they don't have a huge audience right out of the box, CEOs are dumped if their company doesn't soar in 90 days, etc. It's not healthy. True, sustainable success often takes time to build and grow (in most cases).

  • Hard work isn't even a silver bullet – there has to be a good product, whatever that product is. The product must continue to stay relevent and the hard work must continue even after success is achieved. Success is a moment in time. Just because it arrived, it is no guaranty that it will stay.

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