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Matake007

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One of the things I've realized in my journey of self-improvement is how damaging the path of least resistance is on our lives. It literally always makes us the worse version of our potential selves every time we take the path. Eat junk and don't meal prep, because a healthy lifestyle is harder. Watch Netflix because reading a book takes too much focus. Lie because facing consequences is too painful. Cheat in relationships because loyalty is too challenging.

We erode our potential every time we decide convenience is priority. I've been challenging myself to run away from easy as it's always in the opposite direction of progress.
 

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One of the things I've realized in my journey of self-improvement is how damaging the path of least resistance is on our lives. It literally always makes us the worse version of our potential selves every time we take the path. Eat junk and don't meal prep, because a healthy lifestyle is harder. Watch Netflix because reading a book takes too much focus. Lie because facing consequences is too painful. Cheat in relationships because loyalty is too challenging.

We erode our potential every time we decide convenience is priority. I've been challenging myself to run away from easy as it's always in the opposite direction of progress.
I understand the path of least resistance as “picking the low-hanging fruit”, versus doing something difficult, which is the opposite.

The examples you have given are “self-destruction” to me.

I think ten years ago you can get away selling shitty product with excellent marketing and getting traffic.

Remember the dude on youtube selling six pack short cut.

Do you do something that is “easy” for immediate reward or something that is hard that has a better long term potential? Not an easy question.
 

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I understand the path of least resistance as “picking the low-hanging fruit”, versus doing something difficult, which is the opposite.

The examples you have given are “self-destruction” to me.

I think ten years ago you can get away selling shitty product with excellent marketing and getting traffic.

Remember the dude on youtube selling six pack short cut.

Do you do something that is “easy” for immediate reward or something that is hard that has a better long term potential? Not an easy question.
Well, you need to do both. I don't see the two as separate. Initially when I started as a direct response copywriter, before I had my agency, I basically went for the low hanging fruit. When you first start out and you have nothing, you don't really have a choice. You MUST go for some low-hanging fruit so that you bring income and can reinvest it to build something towards some higher goal. Which is what I did.

You must make sure that the low-hanging fruit you go for is a stepping stone that helps you towards your bigger goal.

The easiest example is Elon Musk. He started SpaceX to go to Mars. But he had to first go for the low-hanging fruit of helping NASA transport stuff to their space stations, because otherwise he wouldn't have the money to build his dream. This is the result of strategic, as opposed to tactical thinking.
 

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