Everyone wants to be successful in life but unfortunately, not everyone wants to put in the hard work to get there. Most people we see around us are just looking for the easy way to success, the shortcut so to say. These are the same people who think that others, who they perceive to be successful, have gotten to where they are through some nefarious means or by sheer luck. While this might be true for some, it is by no means the rule!
People who take shortcuts in life often do prosper but more frequently, they find themselves in a spot where their shortcuts fail them. However, rather than admitting their shortcomings, these people blame luck for their disappointment and still look for other means to achieve their goals. What they do not realize is that there is no substitute for hard work and determination.
These people need to understand that everyone has to start at the bottom and climb their way to the top scaling every obstacle that comes in the way. Sometimes growth might be exceptional and sometimes not so stellar but the fact remains that you need to put in the hours to be able to reap the rewards on the other side. If a shortcut works once, it does not mean that it will be the same forever. So do not try to find the easy way to do everything because the habit of taking shortcuts is one that is extremely hard to break!
The following quote, attributed to both Thomas A. Edison and actor Will Smith, puts it in the simplest of ways:
“There is no substitute for hard work.”