Often times in business and in our personal life we find ourselves looking for the “magic bullet” or the “secret sauce”, both terms of which refer to that one thing that will make it all work. In business when we are trying to create a way to bring in more customers or make more sales we often ask what is the magic bullet that will do this for us? When someone else is successful in their endeavors we often want to know what is their secret sauce that made it all work for them. I often find myself sitting in “creative meetings” (there is an oxymoron for you) looking for the magic bullet or secret sauce that is going to make things really take off!
The reality is there is no such thing as a magic bullet or the secret sauce. There is never one thing that makes something work in any situation, be it in our business or personal life’s. The search for the one thing that will make everything come together and produce the results that we desire is an elusive search for the Holy Grail. To believe that there is one thing out there that will magically turn our business or our personal life around is a false idea. This false chase was the basis of the American classic TV show, “The Honeymooners” where the lead character Ralph Cramden played by Jackie Gleason was always coming up with the next “get rich quick scheme” which inevitably would fall apart.
Many would love to find the short cut; many would love to become an overnight sensation. The reality of it is that there are no true short cuts, there is no signal thing that will magically make everything work for us. I have seen a few artists/actors be interviewed over the years where the interviewer would ask “What does it feel like to be an over night sensation?” to which the artist/actor would respond, “it feels like 20 years of hard work”. Of course what they are saying is that I didn’t just wake up today and achieve this, I have been working at my craft for a very long time and what you are now seeing is a result of all the hard work that I have done.
The same is true in everything we do! We are on a journey and our journey is a journey of learning through experience. Everything we do, everything we experience weather we perceive as good or bad is a lesson and an integral part of our journey. The wonder of our journey is that it is not limited by this thing we call time, our journey is eternal and we have an eternity to experience all that we create. We must learn to savor our experiences and not be in such a rush to discover magic bullets and secret sauces that we perceive will propel us forward faster. For at the end of the day, we will find that we have not circumvented our lessons and that our lessons will reappear in another manifestation that we could not foresee.