Once a farmer was passing through the forest. He came across a Lark (Lark is a small ground-dwelling songbird with elongated hind claws and a song that is delivered on the wing, typically crested and with brown streaky plumage.)
The Lark stopped him and asked,
"What do you have in the box and where are you going?"
The farmer replied that he had worms and that he was going to the market to trade them for some feathers.
The Lark said, "I have many feathers. I will pluck one and give it to you and that will save me looking for worms."
The farmer gave the worms to the Lark and Lark plucked a feather and gave it in return. The next day the same thing happened and the day after and on and on until a day came that the Lark had no more feathers. Now it couldn't fly and hunt for worms. It started looking ugly and stopped singing and very soon it died.
The moral is quite clear what the Lark thought was an easy way to get food turned out to be the tougher way after all. Isn't the same thing true in our lives?
So many people are in such a hurry to success that they eagerly take any shortcuts that come across their way. In reality, shortcuts usually lead to disappointments rather than quicker success. The key to any long-term success is to take the necessary steps to steadily progress rather than skip any of them. This would be true whether the goals are financial or health or relationship related.