day 2578: Hacks

“Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”

We tend to gravitate to the shortcuts, or those “hacks” that we can make to be more productive, faster and quicker to the result.  Technology likes to promise these hacks.  But in reality, many things in life can’t be hacked.  At the beginning of the month I was sent an article by Morgan Housel called “Useful Hacks”.  Of course, I had to read it and I almost fell for it.  See if you get the point(s):

Marketing hack: Make a good product that people need.

PR hack: Do something newsworthy.

Writing hack: Write every day for years.

Learning hack: Read a book. When finished, read another.

Work culture hack: Trust people and pay them well.

Investing hack: Give compounding the decades it requires.

Networking hack: Email people you admire and ask them out to coffee.

Savings hack: Lower your ego and live below your means.

Career hack: Work harder than is expected of you and be nice to people.

Relationship hack: Deserve to be loved.

Organization hack: Clean up your mess.

Diet hack: Burn more calories than you consume.

Fitness hack: Sweat and lift heavy stuff.

Fundraising hack: Make a product lots of people will pay for with decent or better margins.

Scale-to-a-million-users hack: Make a product a million people need.

Product hack: Solve a legitimate problem.

Productivity hack: Realize the consequences of being unproductive.

You get the point?

And, if you read this far, you already know there is no “hack” to get to Heaven.  Let’s be reminded that our salvation was already given to us…to be accepted.

Reference: Ephesians 2:9 (New Living Translation)