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Over the years, I’ve started to say, “If this is a race, I’m the Tortoise.” Most of my philosophies are based on the long term outcome rather than quick returns.
I can’t tell you how many people that I know who are always looking for the quick and easy fix. All you need to know is that it’s a lot of people. No one wants to work, they just want to do the least amount of work and get the finished product. However, that’s not how most great things come to be right? You don’t just get amazing results after spending the least amount of time as possible.
1. Measure Twice, Cut Once
Measure twice and cut once. Why? Get it right the first time. Rather than measuring once, because you want to go fast and then cutting it wrong. Then you have to cut it again, waste more wood, and then you end up doing more work in the long run. Be thorough, do your research, and make sure you’re doing it the right way the first time. You’ll be happy you did knowing that everything is as it should be.
2. There is No Secret Pill
There’s a reason why so many commercials want to sell you the magical quick and easy way to get abs or whatever, because it sounds so tempting. However, I’m here to give you the bad news and say that no quick and easy way will ever beat hard work. If I’m working my butt off and you’re looking for shortcuts, I’m going to win and you’re going to lose. Period
3. Think About The Long Term
I’m going to end this post with my current journey. My first projects, I could have spent the least amount of time, just to get a quick buck; however, I didn’t. In fact I spent more time on my first projects and even lost money. Why? I looked at that extra time as an investment. I figured that if I do a really good job on this project, the customer is going to remember me. I’ll also be able to use this project in my portfolio to get more customers. So yeah, I didn’t make much that day, but it paid off because I still do work for those people.
Also, I know I’ve said this in previous posts, but I took a pay cut from my previous job in order to do this. If you’re like the Hare, you’re only looking at what I’m making right now and you’re saying what I did was a bad decision. However, I’m thinking like the Tortoise and this is actually the best decision that I’ve made in my entire life (so far).
Yes, I took a pay cut. In fact, I’m not even making anything right now. The only money I’m taking out is enough to pay for my bills. The rest, I’m just letting it sit in the business account. I’m not making anything right now, but 2 to 3 years from now I will have more in my business account than I would ever make at my previous job and that’s why I’m the Tortoise.