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The Danger of the Quick Fix

7205-prime2Slow and steady wins the race. There’s a reason that adage became popular—quick results are often fleeting.

Yes, you can lose 10  pounds in a few days, but what often happens is that you gain 12 pounds back in the next few days.

Yes, you can grow a business or career using so-called quick-success techniques, but is it a success that will last?

Yes, you can create wealth quickly, but keeping it is another story—as many learn.

Fast is not always effective or efficient.

Now, I’m not saying that you can’t do all of these things fast; I’m saying that you still need a solid foundation—and that foundation is typically the result of persistence. This quote from Calvin Coolidge sums it up well:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Don’t you know some people like that? I know I do. They have it all—genetics to die for, a great education, incredible talent, priceless connections—yet they still fall flat on their face?

Then there are others who have endured incredible setbacks and terrible situations and seem to have nothing going for them— yet they have an incredible impact on society.

Remember, life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it—and how you respond is 100 percent up to you!

The quick fix is okay if you combine it with dedication and persistence. Otherwise it is no fix at all.

—John Rowley

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