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7 life ‘shortcuts’ most people rarely consider that actually work

Alex Mathers
4 min readDec 29, 2022


There are no shortcuts in life.

This is true, but really it isn’t.

What am I talking about?

So you’re saying there are shortcuts?

Yes, I am.


Because most people do things like most other people.

By simply doing the things most people don’t do, you’re taking a shortcut around the experiences suffered by many.

You aren’t most people, and you can realise this through your actions.

Here’s what I mean…

Ask for help at the top.

Very few people dare to ask for help, ideas or support, let alone ask people higher up the top of ‘the ladder.’

Making bold asks, whether it’s for mentorship, asking for a job or simply to make a connection with someone a little out of your league, may frequently be met with rejection.

But that doesn’t mean you won’t occasionally get what you ask for.

When you do, you’ll be propelled.

Be more consistent than most.

Most people try things, experience a sense of loss or perceived failure, and then want to try something new.

They use ‘novelty’ as an excuse to avoid struggling through more pain with the current project.

They don’t see that by being consistent and staying on the path, they will eventually gain an elite advantage.

This happens when their string of repetitions reaches a tipping point that looks like ‘overnight success’ to the stragglers.

Do more than most.

This is different from consistency, though consistency for many will absolutely result in doing far more than most.

But here’s where you gain a sick advantage and create a funny kind of shortcut: combine doing more with being consistent.

This isn’t about doing more for the sake of it.

It’s about doing more with less.



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