Have you ever noticed that you don’t meet a lot of wealthy people who attribute their success to a get-rich-quick scheme? I mean, with the number of emails, infomercials, and Internet ads I see guaranteeing $3,000 of income each month for an hour of mindless work each day, you would think we could at least think of a few success stories.

Despite the seemingly foolproof strategies for overnight riches, there is a reason we aren’t all swimming in money and success, and that is that there is simply no substitute for hard work. Solomon knew this well.

A hard worker has plenty of food,

   but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.

The trustworthy person will get a rich reward,

   but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble. – Proverbs 28:19-20

There aren’t shortcuts to success. True success takes dedication and hard work day after day after day. It doesn’t mean we can’t dream, but it means we must be wise with our most precious commodity – our time. Living in a fantasy world of shortcuts and overnight success simply steals a day, month, year, or lifetime away from us and sets us up not to be rich, but to be poor. What fantasy do you need to replace with good old fashioned hard work?

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