What Should You Do?

Published on September 2, 2002

Recently I received an e-mail from a friend. She forwarded a message from a client whom she trusted. The e-mail claimed that Microsoft will send you over $200 for every person you forward this e-mail to. They are doing this as an experiment. I checked it out and of course it was not true. (By the way, if you want to see if any e-mail is true or fiction, check out this web site www.truthorfiction.com.) In talking to my friend, she said, “But imagine if it really worked and I got this check one day.” My response, stop dreaming! You want the money,
go earn it!

My friend happens to be a very sharp lady. But like all of us, she gets stuck in the emotion of wanting to side step the actions it takes to succeed. For the most part, there are no short cuts. We are tempted to take short cuts and cut corners here and there. Unfortunately, the Wall Street Journal is littered with stories of people trying to short cut our laws and ways of succeeding. Just ask Dennis Kozlowski and our friends at Enron!!!

So what should you do when the urge hits to score big and fast? You should stop wasting your time trying to cut corners and take it one step at a time. Carry out the actions it requires to succeed on a daily basis. Your payback will be more substantial, consistent and fulfilling. Best of all, you will be able to enjoy it by staying out of jail.

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