Dirty Dozen #12 – Shortcut

by Rajesh Setty on October 26, 2009

dirty-dozen-shortcutThe earlier posts in this series are as follows:

  1. Dirty Dozen #1 – Luck
  2. Dirty Dozen #2 – Status Quo
  3. Dirty Dozen #3 – Complacency
  4. Dirty Dozen #4 – Mediocrity
  5. Dirty Dozen #5 – Indifference
  6. Dirty Dozen #6 – Impatience
  7. Dirty Dozen #7 – Common Sense
  8. Dirty Dozen #8 – Failure
  9. Dirty Dozen #9 – Expert
  10. Dirty Dozen #10 – Free Ride
  11. Dirty Dozen #11 – Shortcoming

Dictionary definition of Shortcut:
A shorter alternative route.

If there is an ultimate example of an irony, it’ll be called a “Shortcut.”

I have never seen a shortcut saving time or money in the long run. In fact, I think all shortcuts will take more time, energy and money in some way or the other.

The very reason you take a shortcut – to save something, you will lose more of it in the long run by taking a shortcut eliminating all the “perceived” advantages of the shortcut.

Let us actually make this more practical. You spend a significant amount of your life on your craft – you can call it job or profession or whatever you want to call it – I am referring to something that will give you money as a compensation.

Now, Do you want to get a premium for your work or will you settle for commodity wages?

It’s a rhetorical question. Of course you want to get a premium.

This is where the discussion about shortcuts gets interesting.

Shortcuts, by design, won’t give you a premium. They can’t. Let me explain. If anything is easy, there will be a LOT of people who will go after it – meaning an oversupply in the marketplace. When something is available in plenty, it can’t command a premium.

In summary, you can have it easy and get commoditized or you can take the long route and command a premium – the choice is yours.

Forget about taking shortcuts in life. They are too costly in the long run.

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Illustration by Ming. Ming is the creator of the Fantasy Story webcomic. He is also a freelance illustrator, designer, painting instructor and occasional luxury car salesman. Ming is based in Penang, Malaysia. You can find him on twitter @Artmaker

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