If It Was Easy, Everyone Would Be Doing It . . .

Ever notice that anything worthwhile is hard?  It usually requires work . . .

Things that are hard:

  • Your relationships (Spouse, kids, friends)
  • Your career or profession
  • Excellence in anything
  • Success in anything
  • Life

The problem today is everyone wants it easy-- instant gratification.  I had a discussion with a colleague today about some management problems he was having with some young Generation Y charges he is responsible for developing.  He relayed to me that these guys want results and success, but don't seem to want to put anything in to achieve the results.  (See Child Worship and the Self Esteem Movement).

I once heard a great quote, the author escapes me right now, "If you want some fire, you've got to put some wood in the stove . . . "

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  • 1/15/2009 12:21 AM Clair Schwan of Frugal Living Freedom wrote:
    I think this is an unintended (but predictable) consequence of how some people in our culture have been raised. We have a culture now that is well groomed with:

    --30 minutes to solve staggering mysteries and problems, and overcome tremendous challenges, all done with only a couple of commercial breaks

    --drive through convenience

    --rewards for quickly knowing the right answer, but none for understanding how one might arrive at the right answer

    --10 minute abs

    --instant pudding and minute rice

    ...and the list goes on and on. You're absolutely right; whatever is worthwhile requires work (and usually an investment of time and thought).

    I am reminded of what an associate of mine says when he hears whining about how hard something is. He says: "Yeah, that's why they call it work."

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  • 5/19/2009 9:58 PM Atkins wrote:
    I worked at a company that honored the shortcut. I didn't like it but that's what was rewarded so that's what they got.
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