"If there was but one message that I could pass on to all young persons who are determined to do well in life it would be this; 'There is no shortcut to success, only those you imagine. You only get out of life and relationships what you are prepared to put into them, and you only have something to put in if you've gained anything from your experiences along the way.'
The simple truth is that sort cuts usually lead towards long delays.Those wanting the benefits of a 'quick fix' in life will usually find their elevator to success to be constantly 'out of order.' Unless they are prepared to put in the effort by using the staircase one step at a time, they will never reach the top.
There is nothing wrong to be found in taking the easiest route possible when it is demonstrably the best road to take. If however, you wish to make your mark in this world and stand out from the crowd, learn to exercise choice in what you do more often than chance. Leaving all to chance is flawed in the extreme. Getting on in life means learning not to put things off. You frequently need to get out of your comfort zone and get involved with life around you, however unfamiliar or threatening it may seem.
Learn to value friendship; invite people into your heart instead of ignoring them and always remember that to forget is sometimes 'forgivable,' but to forgive is always 'unforgettable.' Never cut corners with your important relationships. Whereas it hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, it will hurt you and them even more to love another and never find the time to tell them how you feel. There is no greater sadness than holding on to the loving words and deeds you never delivered to those you love, as this will only make you a victim of permanent regret.
So many times in my life have I heard people recount their childhood years and never once having had a hug or been told 'I love you' by mum or dad. This crucial absence of affection in their lives that most of us take for granted, is capable of producing the greatest feelings of loss, creating the biggest physical handicap and making the deepest emotional scar that can never be erased. The greatest blessing my mother ever bestowed upon her seven children was to never once allow us to start and end our day without giving us a kiss and telling us, 'I love you.'
Never forget that the people you take for granted today, may turn out to be the ones you need tomorrow, so don't be stingy with your time when dealing with the folk in your life who truly matter. The very best of gifts you can bestow is your undivided thought and fullest of attention.
Finally, the best reason I know that leads me to advise against seeking short cuts to success is that this road is invariably too bumpy and overcrowded with fortune hunters, glory seekers and chasers of celebrity. Far better if you want to stand out, not to follow this crowd, unless of course, you want to hide yourself away in the middle of their motorway madness of needing to get there quick at all cost, along with their mental mediocrity and road rage when they are brought to a standstill." William Forde: January 12th, 2016.