The Problem With Living In An “Instant” World

Updated: September 17, 2022

We’re now living in an “instant” world.

There’s instant coffee for the early riser’s caffeine fix. There are instant noodles for the person who’s too lazy to cook at home.

And if we want to talk to a friend, he’s usually just an instant messenger away.

We’ve gotten used to getting things immediately – such that if something tests our patience, we begin to think we’re probably wasting our time.


Take my friend, for example.

He wanted to lose weight. So he enrolled in a gym and started a diet plan.

But despite his best efforts, he did not see significant results in his first three months of working out and eating less. In fact, all he lost was just 5 pounds during that time.

At that point, he began to lose interest in going to the gym and began looking for other ways to lose weight. A few weeks after, he ditched his gym membership and got himself on an expensive “lifestyle diet” that promised faster weight loss.

Fortunately, the program worked for him and he was able to achieve his ideal body weight in just a few months.

However, it’s interesting to note that he’s now back to the gym, and has restarted his original diet plan because apparently, it’s the only way to maintain his ideal weight.

The weight-loss program he spent on gave him instant results, but the long-term solution to his problem is actually his original plan. If he were patient enough, he would have achieved the same results over time.

But I can’t blame him, he wanted to lose weight “instantly” and I respect his decision.

I have nothing against instant coffee and instant noodles. And I am purely neutral on those instant weight loss programs.

However, I realize that because these “instant solutions” exist, most of us have started to believe that there’s always an “instant fix” to life’s every problem.

And this unhealthy mindset is what causes us to disregard the fact that some things don’t have a quick and easy fix.

Getting out of debt, building a profitable business, retiring rich – these are just a few of the things that have no instant solutions.

And yet, many are still trying to convince themselves that an instant solution exists.

So they go out and play the lottery, marry for money and get involved in get-rich-quick schemes (which are mostly scams).

But here are some personal statistics:

People I’ve met who became rich through hard work and discipline: too many to count
People I’ve met who actually won the lottery jackpot: 1

Couples I’ve met who became rich by working together on a business: 20+
People I personally know who married for money AND are happy with their decision: 3

Entrepreneurs I’ve met who became rich by working on their own business: 50+
People I’ve met who became a millionaire through a get-rich-quick scheme: zero

With these numbers, I am led to believe that the instant solutions that many people believe in turn out to be not so instant at all because I’ve met more people who became rich faster through hard work.

And all those “instant fixes” are nothing but distractions that prevent us from doing it the right and sure way to become rich, and that is through old-fashioned work.

Do you agree? I certainly hope so.

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  1. I certainly agree. With all this instant stuff its becoming more and more difficult to delay gratification and stick to a plan for long. And as you point out, the good things in life require patience and hardwork someone each of us has to find in themselves and practice patience.

  2. I read somewhere (maybe in one of your articles) that apparently the time it takes for one to build wealth overtime is at least 10 years. This stuck in my mind and it helped relieve me of the pressure of getting rich and out of debt quickly. Attending wealth seminars are great but sometimes they can be really stressful, and I got depressed, angry and frustrated about my financial situation. I also see it on people’s faces and get dismissed every time I talked about the financial advises I picked up. Then I realized that this is why people will shove out many good financial advises because there is no instant solution to their financial problem. Putting it on perspective, which is long-term solution is the key – keep on working hard and practice financial discipline for 10 years is my goal now.

  3. i can say i am stupid enough that i entered a married life without preparation,i mean i don’t have that bank account with 7 figures,a house and lot but i do have a job that can sustain our daily needs (just our needs).i feel pressured every time my wife talk about something luxurious e.g vacation,gadgets etc,.since i can’t guaranty.And now that i read this article i hope i can explain it clearly to my wife that everything needs more preparation not an instant solution.God bless you more bro.

  4. I agree that’s why I still believe in things where I am better at instead of looking out for shiny objects around. Thanks Sir Fitz for always inspiring us in your blog posts. More posts to come! 🙂

  5. Fitz, you nailed it man, great article and may I say SPOT ON. Everything, and I MEAN EVERYTHING worth doing, will take some amount of time and patience. I cannot remember the number of lawns I mowed and the odd jobs I did as a young teenager to earn the money for my first SLR camera. No DSLR in the 1970s folks. It took hard work to build my darkroom and pursue my first rather expensive hobby. I too have seen the growth of the “I want it now ” crowd and I also see the ever increasing debt load they carry. No matter what, DO NOT become a slave to debt. With investing, the same holds true. Most of my trades are simple option writes and when I pile up enough new cash, we can write an additional option contract and earn even more income. That is my favourite form of compounding. Doing DRIP (Dividend ReInvestment Plan) trading takes time but will also get you there. Every quarter when a company like T (AT&T) pays a fat dividend, more shares are purchased in my account commission free. Each time I accumulate 100 more (free) shares, I can also write additional option contracts for ever increasing income. This just gets better and better over time.

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