Thursday, December 27, 2012


You don’t have the right words.

There’s no such thing as “the right words,” only the wrong people.
If you didn’t have “the right words” the people closest to you wouldn’t be able stand you for more than 5 minutes at a time.
Maybe you are an unfortunate soul that nobody can stand talking to, but it’s unlikely.
Stop searching for “the right words”, be exactly who you are.
Of course, learning how to structure headlines, format posts, and write killer closings doesn’t ever hurt though.

You’re too tired.

Put yourself on a schedule, structure your day, and get more rest.
If necessary (and possible) take naps when you can, and remain productive.
Productivity sparks energy.
If you’re chronically tired, improve your fitness, and increase your vitamin intake.
Sometimes a vitamin supplement is necessary, and sometimes you need to suck it up and get it done.

If you do this, what else do you have to do?

Whatever comes next, but you’ll never know until you start making progress.

You can’t stop doing [unproductive habit]

Every day is a choice.
That doesn’t mean it’s easy, in fact it can be quite difficult.
But you choose to smoke, you choose to eat unhealthy foods, you choose spend 10 hours a week on Youtube, and $1 a day on lottery tickets.
Breaking habits isn’t easy, but it is doable, especially when you start looking at everything as a choice.
10 years ago I quit smoking and now I’m starting to eat right. I choose to drink water over Coca Cola.
Granted cutting back on bad habits don’t appear to make a huge difference at first.
But saving $7 a day on cigarettes, and $1.69 on soda, and using that $60.83 a week for paid ads has been a more positive use of the same money.

It just doesn’t “feel” right.

Instinct or excuse?
Does it not “feel” right because it really isn’t right for you, or is it simply not convenient?
Be honest, say you don’t want to.
Don’t blame your instinct. Eventually your instinct will go cold, and your gauge for “good” and “bad” will disappear.
An entrepreneur’s deadliest weapon is instinct, so keep your’s sharp.
Don’t blame it for things you don’t want to do.

You did everything you could.

Did you really?
Did you see where you went wrong?
Try again.
Who knows, you might be successful next time.

But the other guy…

…yeah? What are they doing?
Why you watching them make moves and not making your own?
Furthermore, are they watching you? Are you doing anything worth watching?

You’re just not Chris Brogan.

Or Brian Clark, or Sonia Simone, or Jon Morrow.
These names only have weight because they hustled to make sure you remembered them.
No you’re not Chris Brogan, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be influential.
In fact, Chris and Brian and Sonia and Jon all give advice that will help you do just that.
Start taking action on the stuff they’re talking about and pay attention to their business models, then adapt it to yourself.

You’re just not confident enough.

Confidence is a learned behavior.
A long time ago someone told me to repeat to myself “I am the Sh*t” 100 times a day.
Eventually, I started to believe it. There’s a ton of advice on how to be more confident.
You might also take comfort in knowing that 99% of online persona’s are text and images. If you need to create a character to be more comfortable, be who you want, (just be careful not to lie to yourself)

You don’t have time.

Seriously? You just read (or at least scrolled through) 10 excuses, 16 debunks and nearly 700 words. You have time and you have most likely read many more post like this.
In fact, you have all the time, resources, and knowledge required to be great.
Being great, no, being excellent, is a choice.
It’s a choice to never stop. It’s a choice to view yourself as limitless. It’s a choice to stop at nothing until everyone knows your name.
Without a doubt, you’ll encounter many obstacles on your journey. That’s a given.
So what are you waiting for?
Be great.
Overcome your obstacles, or make excuses; it’s as simple as that.
Reference: Chris Brogan