Are You Willing to Pay The Price?

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“Pay the price” rarely means money in this context. Instead, it’s asking if you’re willing to pay the price in terms of time and commitment. Any worthwhile goal will take time and a level of commitment to achieve.

“Talent is cheaper than table salt.
What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
Stephen King

Principle #16 in Jack Canfield’s book “The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be” is “Be Willing to Pay the Price.

If I Fail the Quizzes, Can I Pass the Exam?

Consider this question I received from a reader.

If I fail all of your practice tests, will I still be able to pass the Security+ exam?

OK, I admit it. No one has asked that directly.

However, I have received emails from readers that complain that they didn’t pass the actual exam after using some of my practice tests. When I look at their online scores, I sometimes see they aren’t getting passing scores on the practice tests.

I try to provide useful feedback and let them know that they are close. By modifying their study habits a little, they will likely pass the exam next time they take it. The shortened version of this is “work harder.” Unfortunately, I’m often left with the impression that some people aren’t willing to pay the price to earn the Security+ certification.

What is the Price for the Security+ Exam?

From my experience teaching people these concepts, I know that almost anyone can pass the Security+ exam. The only requirement is to put in the study time to learn the concepts.

This means no shortcuts. People that use braindumps often memorize irrelevant and inaccurate information. If they fail the exam, it then takes them quite a bit of time to unlearn some of this information.

There are a lot of good books and free blogs out there that can help someone learn. Many include practice test questions. However, the goal isn’t to memorize the practice test questions and answers, but instead to learn the content.

Ideally, the goal is to understand why the correct answers are correct and why the incorrect answers are incorrect. This way people can answer the live questions no matter how they are worded. Admittedly, this takes longer than just viewing a score, but that’s part of the price for this exam.

If you want to know about the actual monetary cost of the exam, check out this page.

Pay the Price for Your Goal

“The big secret to life is that there is no secret. Whatever is your goal, you can get there if you are willing to work.”

– Oprah Winfrey

These same concepts apply to just about any pursuit. The price for success with any goal is action and inspired action.

Woody Allen once said that 80 percent of success is showing up and I agree. By showing up, we are getting into the game and giving things a try. This doesn’t mean that we get it perfect the first time. Far from it.

However, by getting into the game, we begin to learn what we know and what we don’t know. We begin to learn what we can do and what we need to do better.

As a simple example, my wife decided she wanted to design and build a new ramp for our shed. She asked for my help. I’ve learned that what she means by this is “stand by and do what I tell you.” In the interest of a long and happy marriage, I said “yes dear.”

The finished project is much better than the old makeshift ramp we were using. However, we learned that the new ramp needs a center brace, which we didn’t add, so it’s sagging in the middle. Is this a failure? Absolutely not. To me, this is the first 80 percent of showing up. She didn’t just complain about the old ramp, but sought to improve it.

I applaud my wife for getting into the game. Instead of just complaining about the old ramp, she decided to design and build a better one. And if she decides to redo it, her action with the first ramp has given her knowledge and inspiration she can use to make the next one better.


About This Post

I’ve been learning from Jack Canfield (of Chicken Soup for the Soul fame) since 2008. I credit much of my success (including authoring or co-authoring more than 40 books) to applying principles in my life that he teaches. I’m currently going through his book “The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be,” covering one principle a week.


Here’s a link to other musing’s on Jack Canfield’s Success Principles.


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