In Life, There Are No Shortcuts To Success.

Ever since Cain killed Abel, humans have been trying to buck the system. Man (and woman) have constantly been seeking to find a quick shortcut to success but unfortunately, unless you win the lottery or inherit a gazillion dollars, hard work is just about your only path to success.


Photo of Malcolm Gladwell by Bloomberg

Best selling thinker and author, Malcolm Gladwell arrived at the very same conclusion, simply by observing his own life. He was fired from his first job, after only two months, because he just couldn’t get up in the morning before 11AM.  Gladwell, at 20, realized (quickly) that he did not have the discipline needed to be a success. Since then, Gladwell has come to profoundly appreciate the value of hard work. “I have learned many things subsequently, but you know, one of them is the importance of discipline,” he says.

In his book “Outliers: The Story of Success,” Gladwell writes that people must put in 10,000 hours of hard work in order to perfect a skill. He argues that Bill Gates was a success because he had been coding since he was a child. Similarly, he writes, The Beatles made it big in part because they had experience playing grueling eight-hour gigs. This kind of strenuous work is what makes people successful, says Gladwell. “There is no way around hard work, there are never any shortcuts, and anyone who tells you there’s a shortcut is blowing smoke.

Other quotes from Malcolm regarding the proven path to success:

“Hard work is what makes risk-taking possible. You can’t do one without the other.”  

“The only way you overcome the obstacles associated with risk-taking is if you put your nose to the grindstone.”                                                                                                                 

“No one who can rise before dawn 360 days a year fails to make his family rich.”

Too many people today (and I’ve been running over quite a few lately) think they know the shortcut to an early retirement. From what I have observed, they don’t. They think they can work a few young years, save a mill or two, buy an RV and just coast for the rest of their long, long lives. It’s been disconcerting, to say the least, to follow these people for a few years and then watch themselves unravel. Only to find them older, wiser and behind the eight ball. I understand all about ‘acquiring experiences‘ but honestly, how do you see yourselves in five to twenty years? Without a good base and strong foundation, I think many of us hard-working taxpayers will be supporting their welfare checks and food stamp allotments because in the end, they have accomplished nothing. They seem to have the world backwards.

First you work hard. You save your money. Live below your means. Plan your dream and put in the years. There’s no quick route. It takes decades, if you’re lucky at all. Otherwise, you wind up just like every other shyster who touted yet another quick-rich scheme to the foolish world. There’s no such thing as ‘early retirement’. Just a cessation of employment with the substitution of another way of hustling for your lifestyle.

Live well and prosper, my friend. Live well and wait for it: propserity.



2 thoughts on “In Life, There Are No Shortcuts To Success.

  1. Isn’t that the truth! and sometimes you work and work and still it’s not enough. That’s my DH’s life. He was such an extremely hard worker but the early health problems in life negated all that quickly.


    • Perhaps the powers that be are asking your husband to slow down and smell the roses? I dunno. I myself am just going with the flow. There is only so much we humans can do.
      Take care! Thanks for your comment.


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