Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cheaters Never Prosper

Greetings Happy People,

"If you cheat yourself in the preparation, it will show up in your presentation."
- Jonas Gadson, DTM

Oh how true these words are. In today’s world, we have people wanting to be the best they can be. However, there are two paths that they can take. The first path is a respectable one. It may involve challenges, heartbreak, and taking a few hits. But when one gets to the end results without giving up, one can truly savor the moment of getting there.

The second path is not as respectable. It involves finding shortcuts, cheating, and taking easier ways to get there. This dishonorable path may get one to their destination, but it comes with attachments. These attachments come in forms of doubt, questions, exposure, and lack of respect. These people may not pay for what they did now, but they will pay for it a lot later in life.

When I got to where I am right now, I had to prove myself in what I can do. Whether it is taking tests for a job position, going through different interviews, or just stepping up to leadership roles, I take those challenges to prove myself. Sometimes I come out victorious, other times I find places where I can improve. Nevertheless, I choose not to take shortcuts because I know I would cheat myself by having a hollow victory. Are there doubters that try to put me down? Yes, but I choose to listen to myself.

One of the things that get on my nerves is people taking various shortcuts to get ahead. Some people would not take tests. Others use influences to sway decisions in their favor. More people would “enhance” themselves instead of going through the hard work and countless efforts. And to add more insult to injury, many of these people claim to be professionals. They can brag about what they can do, but when it comes to show time, they greatly disappoint and embarrass themselves.

What do they really have to show for it? What have they proven to themselves? What message can be given for those that cheat their way to the top? Not a good one in my opinion.

A good example involves a sport that took on some interest back in the 1990’s - Baseball. This sport recovered from a strike shortened season by having players go for home run records, strikeout records, and whatever records that could be broken. If you were to look at them years before, they looked skinny. If you were to look at them years later, they looked bigger. Some of these players may have broken these records, but they have paid for it. How? They paid for it via Congressional hearings, health problems, and missing chances to get to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. These players may have got ahead in the past, but they paid for it in the long run.

Do you know someone that is getting ahead by cheating? If you do, please don’t get frustrated by what they are doing. It may be easier said than done, but these cheaters will never prosper. As a matter of fact, whatever they done will catch up with them. The universe works that way. When good is done, good will return. When bad is done, it will come back the same way.

It is better to stay on track to get to your goals for you will be come a winner in more ways than you think.

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

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