Bonds, Clemens and the Seduction of the Shortcut

February 2, 2022

Bonds, Clemens, Syringe

This week news came out that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were once again denied entry in to the Baseball Hall of Fame. This was their last year of eligibility to be inducted (and I'll get to that in a minute).

As most sports people know the reason they did not make it is because they have alleged back in their careers to have done Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) or commonly known as steroids

Bonds, Sosa and Clemens posted numbers that marked them as surefire, first-ballot Hall of Famers, but they became avatars for the era of performance-enhancing drugs. While Bonds and Clemens in particular have long denied using PEDs, accusations have dogged them in the media and in books, and have been the subject of court dramas and testimony in front of Congress. In the end, about a third of the voters decided the allegations were too egregious to overlook, enough to bar their entry to the hallowed halls of Cooperstown, at least via the writers' vote.

The Hall of Fame of Anything Rarely Includes Shortcuts

There's an age old principle...and that is trying to take shortcuts. And this is a classic example of two legendary athletes, anybody who follows baseball, anybody who follows sports knows that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were two of the best baseball players ever.

And I think a lot of people would agree even if you took away all the suspicion and the alleged use of Ped's, these guys were still the top of the top.

So when they, and I wanna be fair and use the word alleged because, um, as far as I know at the time of this writing it has never been proven that they indeed did them.

So as the stories go, a lot of players were doing PEDs. They also weren't the nicest people in their industry, in baseball, especially Bonds...there's been a lot of stories written about what a jerk he was.

Steroids as a Shortcut: Is ANY 'Hack' Worth It?

The whole premise here is taking a shortcut. And I know this from personal experience. You get seduced by the dark lady of the quick win, as I like to term it.

It really comes down to this: whenever you get seduced by something where you think, wow, 'I don't have to do the work'. I can take the shortcut and the rewards will be easy.

Take what has gone on lately with the stock market...with cryptocurrency, and with trading in general: you have a lot of younger people who have not been, shall I say scarred by trying to jump at shortcuts in life and think to themselves:

"Well, if I don't have to do the work, I'm gonna jump in here and just do it and then just get all the rewards. And why do that work? Work smart...not hard, right??"

Only you can make that decision.

Again, we could go on and on about this subject. If you want to get an education on this very subject, just go look up any Gary V video. 

Time to Stop Worrying That Someone Else Didn't Get Caught

Resist frustration with the fact that when you are working towards what a goal in life, and let's just say business, and you think, man, this is going to take a while, just know this it's going to take a while.

And whenever you have that urge to take a shortcut and it takes you off of your game, be very careful because you will waste a lot of time. You will be set back immeasurable amounts of time, actually.

I know from personal experience: nothing ever, ever beats daily consistent action, and being above board with your daily consistent actions

Be careful of being short.

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