Looking for the Easy Way?

Looking for the easy way?

When I was in college, a few of my friends were looking for the easy way. They registered for college programs with great optimism, convinced that they found their “way” and what they wanted to do with the rest of their lives. But after one or two semesters, when they hit a couple difficult courses, reality slapped them in the face like a gust of cold wind and made them doubt they belonged in the program.

Driven by a craving for the ease, they quit one program and register for another, hoping to find the easy way to their college degree. But they soon realized that the new program also offered difficult courses. And they quit again. And again. They believed that, if the program was right for them, it ought to be easy.

A few my friends, finally, grit their teeth, push through, and after many years, got their college degree.

However, a couple never graduated. They gave up; they hopped from one program to the next, frantically searching for the easy way to getting their degree. They never found that frictionless way.

I witnessed the same thing in the job market: people looking for the easy way to making a living. They find an excellent job, expecting that, because they meet the position’s requirements, it’s going to be “easy” (or perhaps easier that it turns out to be). But when they begin to sweat, as in they actually have to work, they can’t stand the heat so they get out of the kitchen, in search of a new, “easier” job.

They find an excellent job, expecting that, because they meet the position’s requirements, it’s going to be “easy” (or perhaps easier that it turns out to be). But when they begin to sweat, as in actually do some work, they can’t stand the heat so they escape the kitchen, in search of a new, “easier” job.

I witnessed the same thing in relationships: when the going got tough, they quit. The couple quits and looks for another, “easier” relationship.

I witnessed the same thing in creative arts. Turns out that creating a work of art isn’t as easy as it seemed. Anyone who ever attempted to write a novel or record a music album knows that it’s anything but easy.

I witnessed the same thing in business…

The easy way, that’s what they’re looking for. But they can’t find it; every road has its bumps—at least, the roads that lead somewhere significant.

The way to a great goal is rarely synonymous with the “easy” way. In fact, it’s usually closer to “hard” than “easy”. But “hard” doesn’t have to mean “bad”.

You’re looking for the easy way. But what if the “hard” way was the “right” way? It doesn’t need to be easy for it to be the right journey.

It’s not really the way, whether hard or easy. It’s about your commitment. With commitment, you travel the distance. Make a strong commitment to your goal and you’ll find your way.