When you try to go for a shortcut, you end up wasting your time. The only way to become better is by working on your skills.
Hacks and tactics are always about stuff that worked in the past. But when everyone starts using the same hacks and tactics, they are no longer effective.
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Building a business or career is hard work. It takes time and energy to learn a new skill.
All successful people who've done well for themselves and their communities say the same thing: There is no way around hard work. Instead of focusing on the outcomes like, "I want to make $300K with ads," focus on how you can work better.
When we become complacent, we always look for the easy way out. That is when we fall for hacks and shortcuts that will set us back.
Don't settle for mediocre work. Do your best work so that you are proud of what you leave behind. Keep yourself to a high standard, focus on your skills, get better at what you do, and deliver work that is rewarding.
Stoic philosopher Epictetus wrote, "Most of what passes for legitimate entertainment is inferior or foolish and only caters to or exploits people's weakness."
This is very telling even in our age about our attention and the things we focus on. We let other people decide what to focus on and are defenceless when the media exploits our weaknesses. Instead, we should control where we direct our attention.
*Just like compound interest multiples one’s savings, improving one’s mind daily, during the best hour of the day, multiplies one’s mental compounding interest.
This ‘mental’ compounding interest advice comes from investor Charlie Munger, in his book University of Berkshire Hathaway.
We live in a distracting world, and it’s not getting any better. We are constantly bombarded with new information.
It's natural to think we need more discipline or willpower to resist the onslaught of distractions. But self-control is a function of circumstances, and willpower is a myth. We need to create an environment for good decisions.