I like writing articles about achieving fast results.
When I want something out of life, I want it fast and I know there are people out there who want fast results.
Conventional wisdom discourages moving fast.
The desire to achieve fast results is often mocked.
When you want fast results, you will be accused of being impatient, immature, daydreamer and so on.
Real life doesn’t work like that.
Winners Move Fast
The real reason people refrain from moving fast is the fear of failure.
However, failure is an inevitable component of success. If you are going to fail anyway, it’s better to fail sooner than later.
When you fail after 5 years of patiently grinding, it will be hard to go on for another 5 years until you succeed. But, if you fail within a month, no big deal. You will find it easier to give it one more try.
Failure is often the result of pushing yourself. If you don’t push yourself, you will not fail. And if you never fail, you will never succeed.
You can’t know your limits unless you push yourself. It’s not smart to learn your limits from someone else. Better discover them on your own.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was an immature, impatient daydreamer. He wanted to be the greatest bodybuilder in the world and he wanted it fast. Other people tried to convince him to move slow but Arnold didn’t agree:
They predicted that it would happen within five years. But I didn’t think I could wait five years. I had this insatiable drive to get there sooner. Whereas most people were satisfied to train two or three times a week, I quickly escalated my program to six workouts a week.
Winners want fast results and they are willing to go all the way in.
Life is Short
Average life expectancy for a male is 71 years. That’s only 25,915 days. That’s scary.
Sure, you will live longer but it’s rare to go above 100 years and even then that’s only 36,500 days.
Our time is limited but our goals are huge. So, it’s best to get things done as fast as possible.
Moving Fast Allows You to K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple, Stupid)
A tested and proven fact of life is the Pareto Principle.
The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
Often, dealing with minutiae keeps us from achieving our goals. Petty things that don’t amount to much are the shackles keeping us from achieving our best.
The desire to move fast will let you cut out 80% of the work.
I like using the balloon analogy.
When you throw out the unnecessary weights, the balloon will soar upwards.
A burning desire to achieve fast results will let you focus on the essentials and win faster.
If You Will Quit, Do It Sooner Than Later
Quitting doesn’t mean giving up.
Sometimes you will burn with desire to do something, only to find out that it’s not really what you want.
Some things look good on paper but the reality can be quite different.
The faster you move, the quicker you will find out if that’s the thing you really want or not.
It’s better to find it out fast, than losing your precious years chasing a fruitless endeavor.
Your desire to achieve fast results is perfectly OK.
Just don’t forget that fast doesn’t mean easy. It doesn’t mean quick.
You have to put in the work. You have to take -calculated- risks.
Moving fast is often uncomfortable but nothing happens in your comfort zone. If you want to succeed, you have to be uncomfortable.
Always aim high and move fast.
-Your friend, Lane.