You must eliminate these five excuses from your mentality immediately.
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Even the most determined and motivated entrepreneurs have used excuses to apologize for not doing something. Obstacles arise and then self doubt enters the mind. So, justifying yourself seems to be the easiest way out.
I have used excuses several times in the past. Looking back, those exculpations resulted in lost opportunities and ultimately painful failures. It doesn't matter if you want to lose weight, get an MBA online, reach a specific revenue milestone or start a business: excuses will be the cause of your failure. Here are five pretexts that you should eliminate from your mindset immediately because they are completely stupid.
1. “I don't have time”
Time is our most valuable asset. While we only have 24 hours a day, we make time for the things we want, the people we want to see, the activities we want to do, etc. The only thing that gets in the way are excuses.
Have you ever heard (or been told) the phrase “If you really wanted to see me, then would you take the time”? I tell you something: when they measured that in the past, it was because I really had no interest in seeing the other person.
The same applies to entrepreneurship. Do you want to start a business but are you working from nine to five? Get up early or stay up late preparing your business idea; If you want enough, you will find the time to start your business.
2. “There are no opportunities”
If there are walls or barriers that get in your way, you must find out how to get around them or just cross them. There is nothing easy about being an entrepreneur. There will never be a simple straight line from point A to point B.
To say that there are not enough opportunities is an excuse that allows you to throw in the towel even before you start. Create your own opportunity: discover how to solve a problem and generate your own ticket to success.
3. “I don't want the disapproval of my family and friends”
You need thick skin to play this game and not let the opinions of others influence your decisions. If your friends don't support you, then you need new friends. While you can't have a new family, you can get away from their negative energy.
I was lucky to have had very supportive parents while growing up. My dad was my biggest support system when I was just starting and the reason why I became an entrepreneur. He passed away several years ago, but it is still my main source of motivation: I start my butt every day because I know how proud he will be of me.
The odds are very high that there are family and friends who tell you that you will not achieve success and that you must take a safer or more stable path. Ignore them. It's easy to agree with them, because they give you an easy way out. Use your disapproval as motivation and wake up every day with hunger to prove you are wrong.
4. “I should be happy with what I have”
Life is very short: the average life expectancy is 78 years , that is, 28,470 days. It's not much when you see it that way, right?
You should never be happy and always strive for more. But beware: being happy is not the same as being grateful. You can celebrate what you already have and stay hungry for something else. I've been running at night lately, taking advantage of the cooler weather at this time of year in Miami. The other night, while he was running, he was paying attention to the cars passing by: a Phantom, Lamborghini, Ferrari, etc.
Now, material possessions such as cars do not necessarily translate into happiness, but they do indicate one thing: the people who drive them, or the people who bought them, were not satisfied with the average car. Saying you're happy is the equivalent of saying you don't want to work harder.
5. “I am afraid of the risks”
Without risk there is no reward. It's as simple as that. You have to accept the fact that every company or opportunity comes with risk (and a lot).
Check out some of the most successful entrepreneurs and companies and you'll see that there was always a big risk involved. Elon Musk received 180 million dollars by selling PayPal and then invested 100 million to found SpaceX , 70 million for Tesla and 10 million for Solar City . Then he had to borrow money to pay his house rent.
Was I afraid of the risks involved? No way. Very few people would take 180 million dollars and launch it into new businesses. Most would take permanent vacations. The risk was worth it. Today Musk is worth around 21.5 billion dollars . Surely he paid what he borrowed.