There once was a gorgeous bird that was famous for its pleasant voice. It would sit in the tree and sing exquisite melodies. One day, a man walked past the tree and heard the beautiful bird. The bird noticed the man and that he was holding a cup.
“What do you have in your cup?” asked the bird.
“I’ve large, juicy earthworms. I’ll trade you a worm for one of your stunning feathers.”
The bird plucked out a feather and traded it for a worm. “Yum! Why should I work hard to get worms when this is so much easier?”
The bird and the man repeated this exchange many times, and soon the bird didn’t have any beautiful feathers to exchange. Furthermore, the bird couldn’t fly, nor was he pretty. The bird stopped singing lovely songs, was unhappy, cold and hungry.
We are often tempted to look for shortcuts, to get ahead and rush goal accomplishment. But as the foolish bird learned, there is a price for taking shortcuts.
Eventually, we learn that there is no shortcut to success. One of the hidden truths of life is that the path to the prize is always more valuable than the prize itself. Shortcuts rob us of valuable lessons we need to learn along the way. There are no shortcuts to the destinations of real value.
You can live Hard Easy or Easy Hard. It’s your choice. It’s your life.
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Art has also served as executive vice president of business development and strategic initiatives for First-Source; CEO and founder of Echopass Corporation (the world’s premier contact center hosting environment, which was acquired by Genesys for about $110 million); CEO of Sento Corporation; and managing director and VP of European business development for Sykes Enterprises.
Art is a widely-published author of methodologies for BPO/contact centers, outsourcing, customer service, and technical support, and has served in leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard, VLSI Research, and RasterOps.