Society seems convinced that there is an easy path. Many people believe in the lottery approach, the short cut, and silver bullets. Are they correct?
It happens every day. People fill seats at seminars or spend time with a coach hoping that magically right before their eyes the silver bullets will appear.
The harsh reality for many is the day they discover that for most problems, especially big ones, silver bullets don’t just appear. They are created.
Don’t get me wrong, people leading seminars or a professional coach can provide you with tremendous value and save you years of wasted time and effort. Converting any of that, or all of it into a problem solved or new found success will require more. It will require a commitment, a lot of effort, and the tenacity to achieve.
Expectations created from stories of the magic of the universe, or the lucky chance of meeting the right person at the right time, and the appearance that it all happened overnight might lead to disappointment.
The real story is that those things happen for those who work for them.
Dump the jigsaw puzzle on the table and the pieces are there, but you still have to place them together. Once completed some might suggest that’s the magic of the universe, others recognize someone worked to put them together.
Work hard to meet new people, be active and engaged, and always look for new opportunities. Some might suggest this is your lucky chance, others recognize that you created your own luck.
Day after day, putting in a consistent effort, analyzing, regrouping, learning, adapting, and working hard will create something. One day you’ll get up, look back, and realize that overnight you’ve made a lot of things happen.
Absolutely you have to have the right attitude, you have to be positive and confident, and you need to not waste time on things that don’t matter or don’t work. That includes tools, processes, and people.
You can find the silver bullets as soon as you realize that the Wizard of Oz is a myth, along with flying monkeys, and get-rich-quick schemes.
Arm yourself with knowledge, take calculated risks, and accept failures and success. Be sure you learn from both.
Most importantly work hard at it across time.
Those are the silver bullets.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.