Updated: April 25, 2021
Do you think life is unfair?
Well, actually it is… but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to turn things around in your favor.
When life gives you a bad hand – do you immediately fold and just wait until you get good cards before you play?
Or do you challenge yourself and see how far you can take the cards you’ve been dealt?
Winning in life requires perseverance and determination, which means never, ever telling yourself any of these excuses below.
1. I don’t know how to do that.
Use Google, read a book, visit the library, attend seminars, enter training, hire a coach or simply, just go back to school – and I promise, you’ll eventually know how to do that.
2. I’m too old. / I’m too young.
Age never stopped Nola Ochs and Thomas Suarez – and it should never stop you from doing anything. Who are Nola and Thomas? Go ahead and Google their names.
3. I don’t know the right people.
Get yourself out there, be active in social networks, make it your mission to find the connections you need, and believe me, you WILL eventually meet the right people.
4. I don’t have money. / I can’t afford it.
Be frugal, cut costs, find extra work, increase your income, leverage credit – that’s how you can afford it. The problem is not really your budget, but your level of passion and commitment.
5. It’s too hard. / It’s too complicated.
Do it anyway and see how far you can go. Remember, if it was easy and simple – then everybody will be doing it. Anything special and worth doing is almost always a challenge. Rise above and “be a badass”.
6. I’ve done this before and failed miserably.
Good! Because that means you now know one way that doesn’t work, and your next attempt could be a success. Learn from your mistakes and do it again.
7. Someone’s already doing it.
Friendster and MySpace came first, didn’t they? So why are there more people on Facebook now? Innovate, improve, offer more value. Being better is more important than being first.
8. I don’t know where to begin.
You don’t know how to start because it’s probably still all inside your head. Write it down, set priorities, create tasks, do one little bit everyday.
9. I’m afraid of what others will think.
The only opinion that matters are those from your family and friends – and if you’re doing something that will help you grow as a person – then I guarantee that they WILL support you.
10. My spouse / children / parents will not approve of this.
Are you planning to do something illegal? If not, then it means they’re just not convinced that you can do it. Hear their concerns, check all the bases, and do it anyway. They’ll eventually turn around and support you.
11. I will lose time with my family / spouse / children / friends.
Do it anyway and find out – you could just be using your family as an excuse to yourself not to do it. The best way to learn work-life balance is to experience it.
12. I don’t have a support system if I fail.
This can be hard, especially if you have no family and close friends. But show the world how much you want to succeed and people will support and rally behind you. Believe in what you do and others will believe in it too.
13. It’s a stupid a idea.
14. It’s not the right time yet.
When is the right time? What are the proper conditions that will make it the right time? If you can’t answer these questions in detail, then you’re just making excuses.
15. I’m not sure if this is really something I want to do.
Sometimes, you can’t really be sure until you actually begin doing it. So again, just do it anyway. You’ll find out the answer soon enough.
16. I’m not good at this.
Practice, learn more, and practice again. Success means logging the time until you get better. Otherwise, just find someone good at it and hire that person, it’s a sound solution.
17. I’m not yet ready.
Are you really not ready, or are you just afraid to fail? There’s a big difference and 80% of the time, you’re just getting cold feet.
18. I don’t have a Plan B yet.
Take a moment and think about what your backup plan will be – and then you’re done and ready to proceed with doing Plan A. Don’t make a detailed Plan B or you’ll most likely end up doing that.
19. I’m already busy with a lot of stuff. / I’ll always be too tired to do this.
Get rid of some of the stuff you do, delegate tasks, hire people to do things for you; then put yourself on a schedule, discipline your time and always get enough rest.
20. There’s no hurry, I can always do this later.
No you won’t; so stop procrastinating and just do it already!
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