This week we focused on the idea of what could actually hold back some of the great ideas and entrepreneurs of this world and I thought of so many of them. You see, this is a topic we will be able to come back and visit again and again. We all have so many things that hold us back.
But I wanted to finish this week with one of the two main things I see that hold so many great entrepreneurs back. We have heard the line, “The elevator to success if broken you have to take the stairs.”
This is one of the biggest things that can ruin a great entrepreneur’s path: they are so busy looking for the shortcut they waste time, money and energy reaching for the quick path to success when, if they just followed the path laid out, they could have gotten it in less time.
I am reminded of the Bible passage that says the broad or easy road leads to destruction; it’s the narrow path that leads to life. You see people want life to be easy; they want to get there fast. We all want success; we all want to have it easy. And we too often take those shortcuts that cost more than they save.
For years I was looking for a shortcut. I wanted to become rich fast. I wanted to be successful and free but did not want to pay the price it took to get there. The best thing that I had to learn was don’t ask for life to be easy; ask for the strength to endure the life that comes.
As I sit in bed tonight writing this, I am fighting another cold and sinus issue. First thing I did when waking up today was head to the pharmacy to get the usual things I take to get over this junk when it hits. I was looking for my shortcut but what was really needed was for me to get the rest needed. Start with a broth soup and the crackers and clear liquids I need to keep stomach and fever down.
You see I am in the spot we all hate: dealing with the thing it takes a little time to deal with. No matter what I do it takes about three to four days to run the cycle; then I’m back up and going. They say all these medicines can help you heal from it, but really, all they do is ease the symptoms. In times past I have pushed this thing on for a week and a half thinking of the medicines as a shortcut around what I really needed, which was rest. Of course, in most cases, that’s what the over-the-counter medicines do: help you rest if you’ll just do it.
I know the common cold is not a way to set example of what we need to build a proper business, but it sure is bugging me today and I want it gone before I have to travel again next week. So I can look for many shortcuts, or I can just go through the process and keep moving forward slowly.
Stop pushing to get more done now. Remember, it was the slow steady pace of the turtle that won the race from the rabbit, who ran fast at first, then had to take a break. Take your path to success in short steps and soon you will be on the top of a successful landing in your life and business. Keep focusing on finding a shortcut and you may watch other pass you by.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Are you ready to go to the next level and become the RockStar in your world?