No shortcuts

No shortcuts

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of research into self-improvement and financial freedom. This basically entails spending hours absorbing TED Talks, interviews, and other related work from established gurus like Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins, Brené Brown, Seth Godin–the list could go on.

I’ve found this to be incredibly inspiring and motivating- – I think filling my head and heart with “practical optimism” will be the key to my success. I’ve often found myself consuming large amounts of negativity and becoming complacent with bad habits. I’ve become a true believer in the idea that what you consume, and the environment you place yourself in has a large effect on your mental state, your productivity, and your ability to succeed. So I’ve been trying to take in as much positive, practical wisdom that I can, while avoiding people who are nothing but downers.

And even if this doesn’t result in my success, I still have come to believe that this is just a preferable way to live.

So when you’re constantly consuming content about success and finances and happiness, the robots on the internet start serving you ads that they think apply to you. Unfortunately in my case, this is mostly “How to Get Rich Quick” or “How to Succeed with No Effort” type stuff. And the concept of “hacks” that allow you to make money and be happy without much effort is understandably appealing. Especially to a person like me, who is extremely broke and could use a breakthrough. But the further I get in my journey, I become more and more convinced that shortcuts simply do not exist.

And trust me, I’ve tried a lot of them. For me, it’s been pretty straightforward. Almost nothing I’ve tried that requires no effort has resulted in any success or money or anything really. And sometimes things that I tried didn’t start working until I put the effort in. For example, I think some people think you can just put up a Patreon page, and just sit around and wait for the money to come rolling in. I was getting about 15 dollars per month for the first year of me having a Patreon. It wasn’t until I started putting effort into improving my content, and engaging my audience that people started pledging; i.e when I put in some work.

For now, that’s going to be my metric. If something is too easy, be suspicious. I think the key is finding things to work on that you enjoy or care about, because then you’ll appreciate the process and not be too focused on the result.

By the way, I’m going to try to blog more. I’ve said this before, but hopefully I can keep up with it this time. I’ve been inspired by the aforementioned Seth Godin, who blogs everyday. But his blogs are often just short thoughts, which I have all the time. In fact this blog was supposed to be short, but it ended up a bit longer than I expected.

Anyway, I will try to post more, the blogs may just be short little ideas, but they’ll be there. Maybe.

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2 Responses

  1. Blake says:

    A lot of these things (especially those espousing a “quick” solution) should come with this comic:
    https://xkcd.com/1827/

    A lot of times you need a plan, and some self-discipline. What do I want? How am I going to get it? How am I going to keep myself on-track?

    (Of those, the third is often the hardest in my experience)

    Being realistic about what you really want (A shiny car sits in the same traffic as everyone else… Is it really going to make me happier, or could I do something else with the money to improve my quality of life?) is an excellent beginning. Having a mechanism to hold oneself accountable (an app, a group of friends, whatever) is a great way to make sure you get to your destination.

    Skills and hard work. If ~anyone~ can do something, than ~anyone~ will, which means that it is either not very valuable, or success is pretty much luck.

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