Why Do We Always Look For the Easy Way Out?
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John wrote a great post on Sprout Wealth about four get rich quick schemes you should avoid recently. While there are more than four, his post got my mind working. The reason is I am always confused about why people continue to fall for these traps.
I call them traps because that is what they are. The only people making the money are the ones hawking the system to you. John’s post really made me wonder if we aren’t all just looking for the easy way out. Hear me out on this one.
Hard Work is Hard
Seriously, hard work is really hard. Isn’t that why we call it hard? 🙂 My parents taught me if I work hard, then I will be rewarded. So far, I have seen that to be true. Unfortunately, I know many other people who work hard, but can’t seem to get ahead or have much success.
What makes them different than those who find success through hard work? Is it the determination or mindset of the successful people which differentiates them? Is hard work really hard or is it just work? If you are successful, do you feel you really work hard or do you feel you just work?
I have spoken and met quite a few who work really hard everyday. I mean, these people are out there everyday hustling. They are in blue collar jobs using their hands to make ends meet. No matter how much they work, they just don’t get ahead. Their stories show me that working hard doesn’t always mean success. They show me why we see so many give up. If you’re in that situation and feel like giving up, here is a great quote to keep you motivated.
Opportunity follows struggle. It follows effort. It follows hard work. It doesn’t come before.
~ Shelby Steele
Making Money Quick Sounds Awesome
Anyone here not want to make money quickly? Seriously, any of you? I didn’t think so. Since I have been writing a long time about personal finance, I have started seeing a trend among those who work hard, but can’t get ahead. These tend to be the same people who fall into the get rich quick trap. They have worked their fingers to the bone and when they come across their “dream,” they jump on it. Unfortunately, they also tend to be the ones who lose the most money.
When I was in college, I fell for a get rich quick scheme. I wanted more money to enjoy college, but also wanted to start a business. It was late at night and I was watching TV when I saw an advertisement for a common scheme. You buy a package to materials and start selling products to other people. These products were just trinkets which thousands of other people were selling. I bought the package or membership and was excited.
The excitement was short-lived. When I got the membership package, I was instantly disappointed. The reason is I finally decided to do the “market research” on the products and realized there was so much competition that it was almost impossible to get rid of the products. I lost the money I put in, but luckily I realized it quickly. From that day I have only put my time in businesses which I know are real. I am on my third business now, which deals with helping other bloggers, and it is going well. I work hard and the success is there.
Is the Easy Way Too Enticing?
In every corner of the internet, you can find these awesome ways to make money quick. Unfortunately, the only people they’re awesome for are the owners, who get their pockets padded when people sign up.
I can hand it to their ingenuity. They have created something which people want. People want the dream. They want to wake up every morning and see money in their bank account. They want to go to the mailbox every day and see checks.
I get it. I used to be one of those people. I still would love to make money in an easy fashion. Starting a blog is not a way to make money quick. I see new bloggers come and go every day. It is the nature of the game. They were shown the “dream” and found it was not really a dream.
I am sure you have met people who just jump from one scheme to another. They are just trying to make money in any way possible, but fall for the dumbest of schemes. You sit there and tell them, but they just keep at it. There are always people who don’t want to work as hard as others. They see the stories of some young people making millions with an idea. They want to come up with the next idea. What they forget it most of these people worked night and day to come up with these ideas. Rarely do you see an overnight success.
As long as we have people struggling to make ends meet, we will always find people looking for an easy way out. There is no easy way out. Sorry to be blunt. If you want to make a change, you have to get your hands dirty. You have to dig yourself out and claw your way to the surface. Hard work still can lead to success. Not everyone will find their success in life, but if we give up on the hard work, then we give up on the American dream.
What do you think? Are we always looking for the easy way out? What get rich quick schemes have you or someone you know fallen for? What’s the secret to success in your opinion?
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