“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
This quote from award-winning soprano Beverly Sills is an eye-opener for anyone who tries to achieve true, palpable success without putting in the hard work.
It tells us quite simply that low-bearing fruit is accessible to everyone, but if you want a bite of the best-tasting ones, you will have to climb to the top of the tree.
While getting to your desired destination effortlessly seems approachable, there is always a bigger price to pay than by working your way there.
Why shortcuts are deceiving
There are numerous ways through which you can make your wildest dreams come true, but few of them require no effort at all.
Whether you are looking to become rich, lose weight or become the best at any given skill, you will fail in your attempt if you do not put immense amounts of time and work into it.
Cultural folklore abounds in tales of anti-heroes who take the easy way out by either selling their souls to the devil or resorting to some unconventional and reprehensible spell. While they gain their object of desire for a short period, they pay an immeasurably higher price in the long run.
The same goes for real-life situations of people who invest large sums of money into winning the lottery for years or even decades in a row. The mirage of getting rich quickly numbs their reasoning. With a bit of calculation and self-control, they could invest all that money into a business or a skill that would bring them higher and more satisfying profits in the long run.
Why hard work pays off – a short study on Beverly Sills
Beverly Sills was a wise woman who is still quoted today in various circles. Between 1950 and the late 1970s, she was one of the best sopranos in the world and a superstar of the American opera. She reached that status after overcoming her humbling beginnings and perfecting her art throughout her career.
Sills was born in 1929 from poor, immigrant parents during the times of the Big Recession in then poorly-famed Brooklyn, New York. At that given time and in those conditions, any child’s dream would have been to attend as much school as possible before having to get a job and for their family not to lose their home. Few were those who would have dared to imagine a stellar career in any art or profession.
At the age of three, Sills was already seen as a promising singing star after winning a “Miss Beautiful Baby” contest. In spite of her humbling background, she built on that tiny success to become one of the legends of American opera.
Beverly put in countless hours of hard work to enhance her skills and managed to sing a wide repertoire that few sopranos in history can boast about.
Later in her life, when Sills was already a renowned name in the business, she refused to sleep on her laurels and worked on improving her talent until 1980 when she retired. To this day, she remains a point of reference for any young artist who follows in her footsteps.
This way, Beverly Sills became something that the children of her generation lacked the most: a reference point, a dream to chase, a place worth going to and worth working hard for relentlessly.