There Are No Shortcuts!
Instant success…one of the absolute worst things that can happen to any human being! Though at first it might seem like a, “Are you out of your mind, I’d love to be wildly successful ‘yesterday’,” it goes against every natural, universal and spiritual principle known to mankind. It not only creates more challenges than benefits; it is unsustainable, creates a completely false sense of security and tremendously inhibits ones ability to not only create lasting success but to even have ‘clue one’ as to what it really takes to achieve.
There was an article from Fortune magazine written not too long ago entitled, “What It Takes To Be Great”. (http://archive.fortune.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2006/10/30/8391794/index.htm) It was powerful in its study of some of the most successful human beings in the world. Following are excerpts from the incredibly insightful article:
(Fortune Magazine) – What makes Tiger Woods great? What mad Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett the world’s premier investor? We think we know: Each was a natural who came into the world with a gift for doing exactly what he ended up doing. As Buffet told Fortune not long ago, he was “wired at birth to allocate capital.” It’s a one-in-a-million thing. You’ve got it – or you don’t.
Well, folks, it’s not so simple. For one thing, you do not possess a natural gift for a certain job, because targeted natural gifts don’t exist. (Sorry, Warren.) You are not a born CEO or investor or chess grandmaster. You will achieve greatness only through an enormous amount of hard work over many years. And not just any hard work, but work of a particular type that’s demanding and painful.
In virtually every field of endeavor, most people learn quickly at first, then more slowly and then stop developing completely. Yet a few do improve for years and even decades, and go on to greatness.”
Oh, it gets better. If you are one of those seemingly overnight successes, I hate to burst your bubble but if you haven’t been busting your butt for at least 10 years…you may want to reconsider your definition of “great”. Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2 of 2!