There really is no shortcut to success. It takes constant work and repetition to create the skills necessary to build your best life.
It is only with hard work that greatness can be achieved. Too often we look at those around us and end up envying their possessions, fortune and fame. The truth is that we can be unfair in those moments.
- Why are we upset about another’s good fortune?
- What are we fighting for—a home full of “stuff” or a better life?
- Are we jealous or are we seeking opportunities that may be withheld from us?
We seem to forget that the cornerstone to success isn’t luck but effort. Success—in whatever form it takes for you—can only be achieved when you direct that effort toward your goal. You can’t wish for a better tomorrow. You have to build it one day at a time.
- We can dream of having the fortunes of others.
- We can wish for the winning lottery ticket.
- We can imagine the great deeds and generous donations we would make if only we had “the money.”
When we do those things, we missed the point. We spent all of our energy dreaming but never planning. We will spend all our time imagining how we would spend uncollected fortunes, but we will never plan a way to make that fortune.
For some reason, too many of us spend our days stuck hoping that the our lucky day will come, that we’ll will win the lottery, or that a windfall will find its way to our doorstep. I find that discouraging. Why can’t we spend our days actively building that better tomorrow? What can we do today other than dream?
Desire can be a two edged sword. It can motivate you to accomplish more when you wield it as a tool to aid you in your labors. However, it can also easily hold you back if you spend your time longing for the golden blade of your neighbor.
A blade wielded is a helpful tool. A blade set aside or longed for performs no labor. It’s better to use a rusty blade to accomplish your work than to do nothing. What does it matter if your tool is old as long as it aids you in your purpose?
In modern words, use the tools you have. Don’t let your hangups, embarrassment or opinions keep you from achieving your goals.