“As we get past our superficial material wants and instant gratification we connect to a deeper part of ourselves, as well as to others, and the universe. ” Judith Wright
I have to admit, I’m part of a generation that not only expect, but demands instant gratification. We have instant messenger, text messaging, cell phones, wi-fi to name a few forms of technology that give us to power to get instant results in communication. We have Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, to name a few resources to get answers to questions. We are a generation that believes that minimal effort should be met with the maximum award. Clever organizations expose these expectations with products that promise to meet our needs. We instant weight lost pills, we have quick & easy home financing that at times demand no down payment or investment from the potential home owner. We have cable stations dedicated to giving you the synopsis of sporting events, and DVR which allows us to fast forward or rewind live events, sitcoms, and television shows alike. We are also victims of so many “GET RICH QUICK SCHMEMES” some come in the form of investment opportunities, while others are work opportunities. From selling juices, and health care products to buying foreign monetary notes. All to offer quick and easy return and exponentially unrealistic speeds. Of course, typically only those at the top are reaping the benefits of such products. How often do you see an attorney on TV offering to represent you because of a weight loss pill that forgot to mention it will destroy your liver, or a pyramid scheme that had no real potential of earning income…we even have scammers who will email or call and say you won the UK lottery, or they want to transfer an inheritance to your account for a small fee. And people go against their better judgment at times and buy into these “opportunities”
But the fact of the matter is, unless you inherit social status, wealth, or opportunity it typically takes hard work. Even the person who appears to be an overnight success often struggled and worked for a very long time to get to where they appear to be. It’s important that we examine reality and realize that it is truly a matter of commitment, and work to get to any goal. Rather it to lose weight, get promoted, be a successful entrepreneur, be a better or greater at anything requires hard work. Don’t let short-term setbacks derail you from reaching your dreams. It’s not something that can be done with straightforward steps or simple solutions. It often requires lots of time, dedication and disappointments to reach your goal.
Don’t be a victim of instant gratification, be patient, be persistent, be flexible and be DETERMINED. It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow but with hard work, it will undoubtedly BE!
Be GREAT at what you do today!