If It’s Too Good to be True, It Probably Is: The Iron Law of Life

Marvin Liao
2 min readFeb 6, 2024

I would hate to be a single guy or girl during this age. I hear so many horror stories from friends. What you see is not what you get. You see this amazing picture of someone on Tinder. You look at their Instagram account and it portrays an amazing and interesting life. Yet when you meet them, from a shallow perspective, they look like nothing like the picture.

Catfished is a widely used term defined as “Catfishing is a deceptive activity in which a person creates a fictional persona or fake identity on a social networking service, usually targeting a specific victim.” Attracting someone with an attractive yet fake picture on the profile that has no semblance to reality.

Or if they do look like the profile picture, they live a life that is nowhere close to what they show. They are basically uninteresting. The likelihood of any chemistry or interest is very low.

The point of this is not to talk about how awful the dating world is, even though it really is. It reflects a hard lesson and what I call the Iron Law of Life. Nothing worthwhile is easy. Anything that looks easy is a scam. Anything that promises overnight success or wealth is a scam. Overnight success never happens because we don’t see all the decades or years of work that came before that laid the groundwork.

There are no shortcuts. I’ve said it before and I will say it again now. Have a goal, think long term, work with fellow long term thinking folks, do the hard work and be prepared to grind. Only then will you have a chance.

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Marvin Liao

Ever curious: Tsundoku, Reader, Aspiring Shokunin, World traveller, Investor & Tech/Media exec interested in almost everything! www.marvinliao.com