“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure” ~Colin Powell
Have you ever searched for that magic answer to your challenge or teleportation machine that can take you from one level of knowledge to another?
What about when someone asks your advice and they are only looking for that secret method or answer?
You can find tips or tools to be more effective or efficient but there are no secrets. There isn’t a secret door that takes you from step 2 to step 10. Doing the work is part of the learning process.
“There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses“~ George Bernard Shaw
Looking for the Secret is a Form of Blindness
When you are only looking for that magic answer or secret door to your challenge, you’ll miss the important stuff. As you’re seeking, you come across pieces to your puzzle that could be part of your answer if you were paying attention. But when you’re looking for the secret way, you won’t even notice the puzzle pieces.
Ask Yourself, “What am I Avoiding?”
- Effort or Work – maybe you just don’t want to do the work required. If you want to learn, you have to do the work. There is no substitute.
- Success – maybe you’re afraid of being successful. It sounds odd but is a common. Take a few minutes to answer the questions on this fear of success quiz.
- Creating – maybe you’re looking too hard and it’s all seek, no action. There comes a point where you just have to do. Doing is one of the best ways to learn.
- Organization – maybe you’re not well organized or don’t have a system for keeping track of your learning. If so, check out some of the Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) models for help. There are many model but for starters, check out my learnstreaming model or Harold Jarche ‘s reat Seek, Sense, Share model. Harold has an upcoming PKM Workshop.
If You’re Looking for the Secret, Try This
For the next week, pretend that there are no secrets and that you just have to do the work. After the week is over, see if you are further along the path than you were the week before.
The sooner you realize that there are no secrets, the sooner you can begin your journey.