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L-A-Z-Y...You Ain't Got No Alibi...You Lazy!

The late, great inventor Thomas Edison summarized everything you need to know about what it takes to be successful when he shared the following; “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Somehow it seems that this timeless adage is losing its relevance with today’s millennial generation. Most people today want to be ridiculously successful ‘yesterday’ and want to do as little as humanly possible to achieve it. Um, it doesn’t work that way. That’s like going to the fireplace on a cold winter day, putting your hands out in anticipation of warming them up and declaring to the fireplace God, “Give me heat…and I will give you wood!”

Recently, during a staff meeting we were discussing topics to educate our communities on and the overwhelming subject splashed across every and any form of media communication has been centered on our out of control obesity issues in the USA. For those who have traveled abroad and those who live there, you know exactly what I’m talking about when in another country and attempting to distinguish an American from the different nationalities of the world. It’s really easy. You look for the fattest, out of shape, heavy breathing (from walking no less), human beings compared to everyone else around them and you have a pretty good shot that they are the American. You know why…because we are L-A-Z-Y.

We want something for nothing, we don’t want to wait, and when we don’t get it immediately we want the shortcut to the whole kit and kaboodle with short-term fixes that have catastrophic long-term consequences. Drugs, plastic surgery, liposuction, you name it. Short-term relief, for long-term pain.

In my opinion, the saddest part of all is the illusion that our short cuts and laziness will bear the results that we are really seeking. Not only are the results rarely manifested, even worse, the feelings associated with the accomplishment are null and void. There’s nothing there when nothing was put in. The truth of the matter is the value is not in the ‘getting’ of the worthy goal or desire but rather in ‘what you become’ in the process. Teddy Roosevelt summarizes it best when he said the following; “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never tasted victory or defeat.”

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might! It will not only be worth it, it will last. The greater the prize, the greater the price and the prize is ALWAYS greater. Carpe Diem! Believe…