There’s nothing quick about getting rich

Everyone is looking for a shortcut to success, and the business of selling that false dream has been alive and well for a very long time.

Bitcoin trading strategies. Amazon retail scams. Nigerian oil scam emails. Ponzi schemes.  

If you’re looking for the magic pill or foolproof business formula, someone will tell you that they have it – and then sell it to you.

As they say in Vegas, “If you don’t know who the sucker is at the table, then it’s you!” 

Don’t be that rube these sociopaths are looking for. You are smarter than that! 

Always remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it is! Every single time. Without exception.

Success is hard, and it’s not guaranteed regardless of your ideas or the effort you put in. It’s a bitch, and it’s never overnight, so stop looking for it. 

For people like me and you, the “quick hit” doesn’t exist. The sooner you realize this, the better off you’ll be.

Also, money doesn’t equal success. 

If you don’t have good health, then money doesn’t matter.  

If you don’t have a loving family and solid friends, then money doesn’t matter.  

If you are a drug addict and alcoholic (like I used to be), then money doesn’t matter.  

Some of the most miserable people I know are multi-millionaires. In fact, a friend of mine recently told me he felt inadequate and depressed because it seemed that everyone around him was “doing better” and making more money.

I told him that he is one of the richest people I know. He has a beautiful and loving wife. He has three healthy children. He flies jets and helicopters for a living. He lives in a nice house. 

My friend is wealthy, but just didn’t know it. He literally hugged me and thanked me for pointing that out.  

The purpose of this example is to point out that we are all chasing success and wealth on our own terms. The key takeaway for each of us is to define what that really is in our lives. 

When you see these “get rich quick” schemes, you might realize that you are already “rich” with what really matters in life.  

No chase needed.