And so every day is going to go by, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021. And you’re going to look for the short game. You’re going to look for that miracle algorithm. You’re going to look for that one move that’s going to change your outcome. You’re going to continue to search and play the short game, while I keep putting in the work, the hours, the long term value and putting in the work while everybody else is hoping and dreaming. I’m going to be executing. You play the short game. I’ll keep playing the long game.
—Gary Vaynerchuk, ‘Hard Work & Patience’
It’s possible that you might be the 1 in 1,000 (or 10,000 or 1,000,000) that wins the lottery and hits it out of the park early on with your idea.
But more likely it’ll take hard work, patience and the long view (accepting this reality is actually very liberating).
There’s no harm in trying to find a shortcut and no point doing something the long way if you don’t have to.
But the mindset of always looking for the ‘one move’ is a dangerous one.
Unlikely to ever succeed.
Very likely to take all the time, energy and focus from what you should be doing.