This article is about the choice we make when we want to solve a problem but lack the discipline to do it the right way. It’s about certain people who immediately start searching for ways to solve a problem faster than it actually should be done.
So, let’s get started.
Why You Should Stop Looking for Shortcuts
These days, people love to take a shortcut to absolutely everything. If you are overweight, you search for the fastest way to lose weight. If you want to earn more money, you search for a fast and effortless way to do it. If you want to find a girlfriend, you rush to find one because otherwise, you will be miserable.
Most people need a quick fix to every little problem they encounter so they can continue to enjoy a comfortable life in mediocrity. And seriously, you can’t even blame them for it. We are constantly bombarded with advertising that promises us the next best quick and convenient fix that will solve all our problems and make our life more comfortable.
We have gotten to the stage where the quick fix is not only wanted but demanded. When people don’t get an immediate solution to a problem, they become irritated and refuse to accept that solving a problem can take time and energy. Many have the mentality where they believe that if it can't be done fast and with ease, it's not even worth the effort.
Hey, I get it. Considering the average lifespan of a person is around 28,000 days (about 75 years) and we already spend 1/3 of it sleeping, our lives really seem too damn short! We can't possibly hope to take the hard way to every little problem we encounter. So, using a shortcut here and there is a nice alternative.
Additionally, there is another good argument in favor of using shortcuts: acquiring new knowledge or reaching a certain goal can be a challenging task that will take time and effort to complete. This means that when you want to achieve a goal (like losing weight) you have to take into consideration that it will be a while before you see some initial results.
When you start thinking about the positive sides, looking for shortcuts becomes a very appealing alternative. So where’s the problem? Why can’t we always use them?
Because it's not possible to solve every problem using a shortcut and in the long run it will do more harm than good!
The dilemma with always taking a shortcut is that usually, it isn't the best fix to a problem. It’s only a band-aid solution that might help you for a short period of time but eventually, your old problems will return to bite you in the ass. If you think you found a quick solution to a problem you have been struggling for years, then most likely you found a band-aid solution.
It’s baffling to see how many people are desperately searching for quick fixes to problems that obviously can’t be solved fast. The saddest thing is that many are only looking for temporary fixes. They don't care about lasting solutions. They just want a problem to be solved fast and get it out of the way.
This is also the reason why so many fall for scams where snake oil salesmen offer them a quick fix for everything – the fastest way to lose weight, the fastest way to make money, the fastest way to whatever.
Oftentimes these quicker ways can be more counter-productive than the hard ways. You can't lose weight very fast because it will mess with your metabolism; it will do you more harm than good and, in the end, you will gain all your weight back. Also, you can't make a lot of money very fast because if you could, everyone would be doing it.
Some people, no matter how much evidence there is to the contrary, will still jump from one fad to the other – from one shortcut to the other – without learning anything new or even realizing that they spend more time and energy (and money, usually a lot of money!) on temporary solutions. And the irony here is that they waste more time and energy on these shortcuts, than it would have taken them fixing the problem the hard way.
Take the Hard Way!
Life is just too short to waste it on finding the next best shortcut. Solve your problems the hard way and you will have a much fulfilling life.
If you want to lose 20 pounds, then hit the gym and work out instead of going to look for “lose weight fast” products!
If you want to make more money, then find a way and work hard instead of search for ways to game the system!
By doing all these things the hard way, you will eventually start enjoying the process and learn more than you would have with a shortcut. Every long path will provide you with new experiences, opportunities and benefits you haven't even thought of yet.
Now, one thing, however: I'm in no way advocating you should always choose the hard way over the shortcut when you can do something quicker and more efficiently. But you need to figure these things out for yourself.
You have to make decisions about what are the things you should do quickly and what need time, so you can benefit from them more in the long run. Learning a new language faster is a great shortcut, but learning to attract women will take usually much longer.
If you think however that investing time into self-growth is just a waste of your time, then find something else that makes you happy but don't turn to others demanding they will fix your problems for you!
Don't hope that someone will provide you with a quick and easy solution that will solve all your problems. The only thing you can be sure is that you have a limited time on this Earth and if you are not trying to take the right action, you are wasting your time.
Stop looking for an easy way out. Instead, choose the things you want to become good at very carefully and follow through. Life is too short to spend it on the wrong things.
First, learn to do things the way it is supposed to and then try to implement the shortcuts, not the other way around. But hey, whatever works for you! Right?