There are no shortcuts.
As much as you want to cut the line, skip a few steps, cheat, lie, whatever, you’ll find the short cut is actually the long cut. It could even be the longest cut possible.
This is the lesson I’ve learned and am still learning. When I realize I have to work at making a textbook, a test paper, a website, or an animation, then all that’s left is to do it.
Do the work until it is done.
I could be making crap no.1, no.2, no. 1,000 (fortunately, I haven’t gone as far as Edison did), but they were all necessary for me to make the one that is good enough to get the job done. A lot of the times, I only need to a few versions before I get it.
The ones where I felt the fear and reluctance… I believed that they would require as many attempts as Edison. But they are my beliefs, not facts.
This is the lesson I will struggle with all my life. I’m getting better since reality smacked me down a few times and I sometimes got it.
I got to do the work and get it done.
The ones that get that the work must be done in order for them to get what they want achieved great, great things. Achievement is a matter of method and following the recipe.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I got to get some work done.