Big results with little effort?

“Try a thing you haven’t done three times.  Once, to get over the fear of doing it.  Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.”  Virgil Thomson

“Try a thing you haven’t done three times.  Once, to get over the fear of doing it.  Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.”  Virgil Thomson

Today, I was pondering about how people want something big and extraordinary to happen in their life without putting much effort to get there.  Many people just want to be able to lay on the couch and get the check in the mail and let things happen for them.  They would like their business to grow without investing money, strength and resources.  People want their kids to become amazing without them investing anything in them and not letting them be kids and then adults just the way they are.  To get to the top of the mountain we have to climb it one step at a time.  To fly an airplane we have to spend hours to learn how to fly it.  Everything takes time, money and energy. The question is how hard are you willing to work to get where you want to get? It's not necessary physical work it's also a work of an inner man. 

From Roy Williams book "Secret Formulas of the Wizard of Ads".

"The only fool greater than the one who expects big results from small changes is the fool who believes big changes can be accomplished without risk.  Opportunity and security are inversely proportionate: as one goes up, the other goes down.  It's a fundamental law of the universe.

In his video Paradigm Pioneers, Joel Barker tells a story about two pivotal groups, the pioneers and the settlers, and the roles they played in America's westward expansion.  As Joel tells it, the pioneers were the ones who charged off into unknown wilderness and blazed new trails for the settlers who would later follow. The settlers, being somewhat risk averse, would sit and wait in the relative security of the towns along the frontier, occasionally sending a message down the trail asking, "Is it safe out there?" Finally, the response would arrive from the pioneers: "Yes, it's great! Come and join us."  In today's business world, however, when the settlers ask the pioneers, "Have you proven the idea will work? Is it safe out there?" The pioneers are answering, "Yes, it's wonderful, but there's nothing left for you!"

Do you have the courage to be a pioneer, or will you live your life as a settler?

"If you are looking for perfect safety, you will do well to sit on a fence and watch the birds; but if you really wish to learn you must mount a machine and become acquainted with its tricks by actual trial." Wilbur Wright

"If you are looking for perfect safety, you will do well to sit on a fence and watch the birds; but if you really wish to learn you must mount a machine and become acquainted with its tricks by actual trial." Wilbur Wright