They say that young people today want everything yesterday, we lack patience and we despise hard work, which makes the quick win seem rather appealing. Give us the blue print, guarantee the cash flow and we’re all in!
The problem with this ‘quick win’ mentality is that it misses this vital point that fulfilment comes with the pursuit not the attainment.
Alan Watts breaks it down quite comically in this video:
“In music, you don’t make the end of a composition the point of the composition. If that was so, the best conductors would be those that played fastest and there would be composers who only wrote finales, people would go to concerts just to hear one crash!”
Unfortunately, many people live their lives this way, rushing around trying to get to the end as if that’s where the magic happens.
We’re all so tapped into this outdated industrial mindsets that has us believing that the middle means drudgery and the quicker we can get it all over with the happier we’ll be.
What if we could just let go of the result, slow down and take pleasure in the pursuit?
That may mean changing paths and finding yourself something meaningful and worth pursuing but isn’t that what we all really want deep down?
Life takes place in the middle. Quick wins try to bypass that. Do you really want the quick win?