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Beware the Shortcut

This post originally appeared on John’s blog at

Leadership blogs and tech websites abound with shortcuts that promise us an easy fix to our problems. In only 5 steps or 7 bullets you can overcome any problem facing you.

The diet pill containing FDA approved ingredients will boost our energy and help us lose weight.

Not enough cash for that purchase? Just put it on the credit card.

Want to change jobs? Just pay for my class and use my simple system and you’ll become rich like Scrooge McDuck.


Here’s the brutal truth…

If you want to see big life changes, you have to put in big work. PERIOD.

There is no shortcut to becoming a person of good character. It takes years of work to stick to your values and priorities.

Building a company that treats both customers and employees as valued human beings takes intentional focus and rejecting get rich quick schemes that de-value someone.

The work ethic of the 30’s and 40’s is made to seem antiquated when you can take a shortcut to easy wealth/health/relationships according to the media and “gurus” of the interwebs.

But it’s not true.

The best things in life require work.

Beware the shortcut….

Where do you need to put in some work?