“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.”
Good morning, friends! I hope you are doing well. Did you melt last week? I hope not. If you’re ready, let’s get to it.
Of all the teachers, leaders, thinkers, gurus, and talking heads I’ve ever heard, Jim Rohn is the very best at putting important ideas for success in simple, reasonable terms. I read him over and over and listen to his recordings time after time. I truly wish I could have heard him live and certainly when he was in his prime back in the 60’s and 70’s. Regardless, I’m glad we live in an age when information is easily available and accessible. Jim is a treasure.
Today’s quote is one Jim frequently said and always credited his mentor, Mr. Earl Shoaff, for the idea. And the power in the quote is remarkable. In fact, is there any area of your life where it doesn’t apply? Not mine.
* What’s the point in wishing it were easy to be healthy? Instead, do the work to be healthy.
* Why wish your finances were less troublesome? Instead, learn and use better money management skills.
* Why wish your neighbors, co-workers or family members were better? Instead, learn how to be a better partner yourself.
Recently, as I’ve been contemplating the wisdom of Mr. Rohm, and in particular this quote, I’ve been imagining this quote in terms of investment. The easier path we all are drawn to wish for is mostly akin to a dream or a scam. It’s like the Nigerian prince e-mails that are all the rage to trick unsuspecting people out of their money. Send us $100 bucks so we can release your windfall. Easy right? Unfortunately, easy is usually a scam investment.
On the other hand side, the better investments of commitment, patience, personal growth and/or hard work are anything but easy. They are decidedly hard. But the payoff is impressively good.
What are you investing in these days, in terms of your life? “Easy” is a scam, an attractive, luring scam, but a scam none the less. Don’t fall for it. Seek to be better, have more skills, and/or develop more wisdom. No matter where you end up, it will be much better than before. And have a wonderful, wonderful week!