Brain Dump #1: Why Shortcuts Usually Don't Work

Brain Dump #1: Why Shortcuts Usually Don't Work

Peter Thaleikis

Peter Thaleikis

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by Peter Thaleikis

I'm always surprised by people looking for the magic bullet to solve problems. Individuals are always on the lookout for the ultimate shortcut; the one trick no one is using that works like magic. Statements such as "If I had a shortcut to make this work...", "If there was a quickerway on completing this task..." aren't unheard of.

Why is this so puzzling to me?

It might sound strange at first, but I feel there is a natural law working against the idea of a shortcut.

It's coming from a very basic idea: If there is a much quicker way to solve a problem or do some tasks (i.e.,the shortcut), then it wouldn't be a shortcut anymore. Everyone would do it and the shortcut would instantly become the regular way in which people solve a particular issue. the regular way people solve this particular issue.

So no shortcuts? What else then?

Here comes the part that most people don't like. The actual solution: Hard work, persistence and being smart about it. Nothing beats working consistently on an issue, solving one little issue at a time and keep doing this over and over again. Success is nothing more than this.

Coverphoto by Morgan Housel on Unsplash.

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