May 142012
Long Road by Trey Ratcliff

Everyone wishes for success in his or her chosen field in life. How people choose to define success for themselves is personal and unique. But while there are many paths we can take to succeed it is always best to avoid taking short cuts. Short cuts may bring success in the short run, but it usually leads to needless problems in the end.

Short Cuts in Sports: Breaking the Rules

Nowhere are the dangers of short cuts more apparent than in the world of sports. Many top athletes have used anabolic steroids to enhance strength and performance. But such usage puts their bodies at risk due to the side effects of the drugs. Also, in combat sports like mixed martial arts, it could harm their opponents. Due to the ban on doping in sports, many top athletes found doping themselves have had their wins, championships and medals revoked. In addition to disgrace, all they have achieved before also becomes suspect.

Short Cuts in the World: Breaking the Law

Taking short cuts in the world to succeed quickly may involve breaking the law. This could involve bribes, stealing, exhortation or embezzlement of funds, depending on one’s audacity. The consequences of such short cuts can easily destroy lives and futures. Even if the criminal does manage to get away with it in the short run, he will have to spend the rest of his life in fear. This is because if the law catches up with him, he will have to pay a heavy price for his actions. At that point, a moment’s folly or greed may not be worth it to him.

Arrest by Sanden

The Benefits of Taking the Longer Road

There is no short cut to success. Although the road to success may be longer, it is much more secure in the end. Here then are some of the benefits of taking the longer road to success.

1. Legitimacy

Success due to short cuts may lack legitimacy. If the means you have used to achieve this success is questionable, it may open you up to attacks. Instead of taking the time to enjoy your success, you may end up having to defend yourself from needless problems.

By avoiding short cuts and doing things the right and proper way, the success you achieve becomes legitimate. No one can find loopholes in which to criticize your success. Neither will they find any way to question its validity. When your success is beyond reproach, you can enjoy your success with fewer problems and worries.

2. Peace of Mind

The use of certain short cuts may require you to hide them from the public eye. As long as you rely on such dubious short cuts, you will not be able to have peace of mind or to enjoy your success. If your success is not fully transparent, it may be a matter of time before people find out. When they do, you will have to face the consequences as well. This will cause many needless problems for you.

Success that you have truly earned with blood and sweat brings peace of mind. You can take pride in it and hold your head high. There is no shame or fear of being a fraud and disgraced because you have attained your success through hard work and prudence. In short, you will have a clear conscience with nothing to hide. No one can take success achieved in this manner away from you.

3. Lasting Success

What good is success if it does not last and collapses easily? Success gained through short cuts might be fast, but it lacks a firm foundation to stand on. Without a firm foundation, it is hard to have success that is solid and lasting. Also, there is the price you have to pay for the short cut, which may undermine and destroy your success in the end.

Success that comes through hard work, perseverance and prudence is more lasting. You know what works and what does not work. You know what to do and what not to do. The foundation upon which you have built your success is firm and enduring due to gradual development. This allows you to build even greater success upon it.

Skyscraper by Roger Walch

Taking Action

Life will give you many changes to grapple with. It is therefore prudent not to add to your challenges by taking short cuts that are open to question. If you can act in the right and proper way for all that you do, you will avoid many needless problems in your life.

Have you taken any short cuts in life? How did that turn out for you? Do you think it is better to take the short cut or to go by the longer road? What other benefits can you think of for not taking the short cut? Do share your thoughts and comments below! :)

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  5 Responses to “Lasting Success Has No Short Cuts”

  1. Irving,
    This is so true. We take the time to build a solid foundation in our lives it will pay off. We just need patience and to stick with it.
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    • Hi Angela,

      Building a solid foundation for success takes time.

      In this world where we want things done quickly, it can be hard to be patient. But if we persist, our efforts will pay off because we can build truly lasting successes upon a stable foundation.

      Thank you for sharing your lovely comments! :)

  2. You ask a few questions – I’m sure I have taken short cuts during the course of my life but I can’t pin point one – I understand what you state here and I agree with many of your points Irving.

    Living in truth to yourself no matter what is the best success.

    Thank you!
    Nancy Shields recently posted..HONORING MY CHILDREN THIS MOTHER’S DAYMy Profile

    • Hi Nancy,

      All of us have taken short cuts at some point in our lives. Some are more significant than others.

      Hopefully when it comes to important choices, we will be aware of the dangers of short cuts and avoid needless problems.

      Thank you for sharing your lovely comments! :)

  3. The change in system may bring initial success through the element of surprise, but it will not be a guarantee for lasting success.
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