Begging the Universe for Something (it ain’t that easy)

There’s a lot of get rich schemes out there.

Actually it’s not just get rich. It’s get beautiful, get smart, get healthy. Take a pill. Hand over your cash. We’ve got the secret.

It’s all too easy.

Unfortunately, nothing makes up for hard work and discipline.

Think you can buy your way into being a pianist? A champion runner? A sprinter elite? I don’t think so.

Practice and hard work. Plus a dose of talent.

There’s no gimmicks. You can’t fake it. You can’t buy it. These guys are just out to make a buck.

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9 Responses to “Begging the Universe for Something (it ain’t that easy)”

  1. ~m Says:

    I went to Berklee College of Music (Money) in Boston.
    I can’t tell you the number of people that had zero talent and endless money.
    You can’t teach someone ‘pitch’.
    You either have it, or you don’t.
    Complex but true.
    ~m

  2. radiantwoman Says:

    Thanks ggw, some people cannot get enough of all this ” you can get what you want”-stuff. Good to point out that if everybody would have a magic wand then the world would be in chaos. Of course it is still true that what you give out is what you get back. But to connect this to you can get what you want, is just not appropriate.

  3. Tess Says:

    Absolutely right! Funny how people think sitting around reading “get (insert own desires here) quick” books can sort you out instead of getting off your backside and taking action. I should know, I used to be one of them.

  4. whig Says:

    I’ve got a sure recipe to get what you want, though it isn’t necessarily quick. Give it away, help people get what they want. Now the caution, do you know what you will do with what you want when you get it? Are you sure about wanting it and do you know what it will cost?

    The reason this recipe works is that people helping one another are more capable of achieving it than people competing against one another. Competition has the advantage of keeping your own gains to yourself if you happen to be the swiftest, but on the long run you’ll have a lot more trouble getting there.

  5. whig Says:

    If you measure achievement in financial terms, my advice will make no sense, because finance is imaginary math and you cannot eat money. (If you used, just for example, cannabis as a currency, then everyone could consume their money directly.)

  6. whig Says:

    In a paper money economy, if everyone were wealthy, nobody would be wealthy.

  7. Paul Groves Says:

    I think one of the worst aspects of modern life is that you can, apparently, get somewhere without any discernible talent. The reality TV craze and the cult of celebrity mean we have a whole generation of “stars” who earn six-figure sums for doing absolutely nothing. Admittedly, it doesn’t always constitute a long-term career – slightly more than 15 minutes of fame, but a little less than 5 years. But they stick around long enough to make others think that they don’t really have to work at anything in order to “make it big”. It is good to aspire, but you need some healthy and positive role models too.

  8. suburbanlife Says:

    For a mere $500 one can take an exhausting workshop 3 days long to learn how to think correctly, change unfortunate thought patterns and discover the “secret of success”. One is guaranteed to experience and epiphany that leads to sudden illumination! This is a workshop a friend has recently attended and through which finds herself instantly transformed. I wish this were so easy, because I’m still slogging along, worrying at information, and there seems no end in sight for this process.
    However, there is a certain joy in this…
    Great post! Thanks!

  9. Jon Says:

    This whole craze with self-help comes with the presentiment of my generation that, “as long as you try you’re hardest, you’re a winner”.

    But that’s not true, no matter how you look at it. Sometimes you’re a loser, and you have to face that. Sometimes you have to try expand your ability so that your hardest is no longer your hardest. The trick is to never be content, and always be self-critical.

    If anyone watches American Idol, you’ll notice that the ones who are really gifted singers are usually not primadonas. They usually take any criticism they can get, even if it seems offensive.

    It’s a common misconception, I think, that genius or wealth or talent just happens to people. They hear about the world-renowned pianists who aren’t even into puberty yet, and think “Oh, they must be born with something”. They don’t realize that these types of people practice 7-10 hours a day, and have done so since they were old enough to play.

    There definitely are some awesome self-help books out there, though, none of which are really mainstream (i.e. Oprah mainstream).

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