The BIGGEST short cut to success secret that NONE of the push-button-system gurus want you to know!

This week’s blog is inspired by … well, I can’t say who. Someone I know who’s looking for that push-button income generator that will deliver maximum results with minimum effort.

It’s a stark reality that we live in a world where we expect, and demand, instant results. Crumbs, if my PC takes a few seconds longer than usual to download something, I tend to get cheesed off. This impatience has spread into almost every area of life: instant access to information … speedy weight loss … pop-up tents … furniture that you can assemble yourself in a matter of minutes … drive through eateries … fast-track queues at Disneyland – the list goes on.

And millions of people have a thirst for quick success. For reaping what they haven’t sown, for enjoying a lifestyle that they haven’t worked for … for sneaking in at the head of the queue without having had the tedious wait.

There is one BIG SECRET to achieving quick success that you’re not likely to find unless you look really hard. And it’s this. THE BIGGEST short cut to success is recognising that there ARE no short cuts to success.

Yep – it’s that simple. So simple, in fact, that it’s part of the school crest at my son’s Primary School, where the motto is ‘Success Through Effort’.

If you’re looking of a fast-track, corner-cutting route to success, your best bet is to wise up to the fact that you’re chasing a rainbow and that true and lasting success takes 3 key things: investment, effort and perseverance.

Success takes investment:

This doesn’t always have to mean shelling out your hard earned cash – it could well mean investment in other areas: your time, your effort, your skills, your knowledge, and certain of your resources.

If your goal is worth achieving, how much are you willing to invest? How much are you willing to sacrifice to get there?

Make no mistake. People who currently enjoy a lifestyle to which you may aspire (and have achieved this legally) have worked hard to get there, or, where there’s inherited wealth, to stay there.

Success takes effort:

Lazy people, I’d venture to suggest, do not become successful.  Success requires you to get off your butt, and not expect someone else to do the legwork for you.

In the words of Gary Player: “the harder I work, the luckier I get”

Enough said, really.

Success takes perseverance:

You sow the seed, you tend the seed – watering it and keeping it clear of weeds – and in time it grows. You prune it and feed it. When it’s ready, you harvest the fruit.

You don’t stick an apple seed in the ground one day and expect to be harvesting a bumper crop of Braeburns the next.

The journey to success often means managing your own expectations as to how long it will take, and developing the resilience to overcome obstacles – both tangible and psychological – that might threaten to hold you back.

Take the short cut to success:  stop faffing about looking for quick fixes that don’t exist. Prepare yourself to invest in your goal, make an effort, and stick to it for as long as it takes.

I hope my friend reads this, but somehow I don’t think he will. He’s too busy scouring the internet for a get-rich-quick scheme …

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