The Easy Money is All Gone

Do this, then do that. Watch for when this happens and make sure never to do that.

If only it were that simple.

It’s human nature to hope for some simple pattern or formula we can follow to find success. After all, many of the success stories we hear seem so simple in hindsight.

But here’s the thing: the simplicity successful people seem to find is the result of deep, intentional, independent thinking. Success doesn’t come from painting by numbers or following the latest guru’s “foolproof formula.”

Learning about how other people succeed is part of the process, but blindly following some overly simplified formula is like riding with training wheels. They might help you get started, but you’re not going to win a race without learning how to really ride on your own.

Easy success is a myth.

Here’s a test: how much critical independent thinking are you doing about your own path? How much are you looking for answers in books, articles, podcasts or even from mentors? If you’re spending most of your time looking externally for answers, you’re still avoiding the work that really needs to be done.

Real success and satisfaction in life will come when you start thinking for yourself.

Learn from others, sure, but when you’re ready for a breakthrough you have to stop following and start leading.


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