The latest term that makes me gag is “growth hacking.”
For a while it was “hustle” and “innovate” had its moment in my sights as well.
Take five minutes to scan any social network and I guarantee you’ll find multiple pieces of content promising you ways to hack, hustle and top ten your way to success. These are rarely more than empty promises from someone looking for easy attention.
As parent and a professor, I’m witnessing first hand the negative effects this is having on the next generation.
They are being fed bowls full of promise and yet they are nothing more than over sugared bowls of lies.
Here is how you succeed in the world:
You work hard.
Growing up in a blue collar family, I witnessed first hand how hard my parents worked to provide for us. They still work hard today.
Instead of looking for shortcuts, you need to first determine where you are trying to get to and then map out a path to get there.
In the old days, we were taught that there was a straight ladder we could climb to reach where we wanted to go.
Today, we know that while that may work for some, more often it is a series of twists, turns and roads less traveled.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about saving time and energy when I can, but when it comes to finding success in your desired career there are few things that can help you get there better than good old-fashion hard work and determination.
If all you do is spend your days reading posts and watching videos promising you success if you hustle harder, you’ll never get where you want to go.
Get out there and work hard today. Stop looking for shortcuts that rarely will help you.