A new terminology has become very popular. It’s called a “hack.” It’s slang for a workaround that is a quick job and produces what is needed. It’s really a shortcut to a specific result. Many of these hacks are simple, practical hacks. Such as how to easily move the stem of a strawberry, how to get a drink to be freezing cold in 15 minutes, how to remove crumbs from your keyboard, etc.
Hacks make great shortcuts for getting things done. They don’t make great shortcuts for self-development. The reason is that when it comes to developing ourselves, shortcuts are long cuts. Nothing can replace the grind, the experience, the challenge and most importantly, the work. We develop into quality people when we take on the challenges before us and work through them.
This is why when we experience the classic emotion of fear, we shouldn’t work around the fear, we should step into the fear. Stepping in is working through and that is where all development takes place. If someone is offering to teach you how to hack your way around, it will come back to haunt you. When we sweep things under the rug, they don’t go away. They only reappear on their own time, which is usually a very bad time for us.
When we sweep things under the rug, they don’t go away. They only reappear on their own time, which is usually a very bad time for us. When we work through things on our time, it’s difficult, but on our time and with more of our terms.
Simply remember that shortcuts are good for things, not for people.