We have all heard the expression "work smarter, not harder". But here is the reality- you can't substitute working hard for working smart, you have to do both.
Working smart comes from experience and acquired wisdom but anyone that gives the impression that there is an easy path to success, does not know what they are talking about.
These days you can find all types of books, videos and speakers promising a shortcut to success - from losing weight in 10 days, to fixing your marriage in 20 days, to finding love in 30 days or becoming a millionaire in 1 year.
After having studied success for years and having a consistent track record of personal achievement, I am convinced that there is no instant trick that serves as a substitute for hard work and persistence.
Even if you lose weight in 10 days or become a millionaire in 1 year, there is no way you will keep the weight off or keep the money you have made without working hard for it.
There is no 'five step program' to transform your marriage or a successful way to 'get rich quick'.
All worthwhile things require consistent effort. They always have and they always will.
- Ron Malhotra