Posted by: altmike | November 8, 2012

Stop doing Nothing and Start doing Something

When we don’t succeed, who is the first person we blame?…Someone else. If we didn’t make as much money as we thought we were entitled to, we blame someone else. When we don’t play sports as well as the next person we fault genetics and the hand that we were dealt. When we go to the gym for two weeks straight and we don’t see the results we want, it’s the gyms fault for not having the right equipment. Our boss is at fault when we don’t get that promotion, even though we have been with the company for 2 years. However, the lack of results falls in the lap of no one else but ourselves.

People go to the gym every day, but do they really get anything accomplished. We work 9-5 jobs expecting a raise just because we show up. Well showing up is not enough. You have to earn any good thing that will ever occur in your life. Just going to work every day does not prove to your boss that you are ready for management. So we have to ask ourselves after every shift, after every work out, did I give it a 100% to the degree that my effort has made a difference. We are the only ones responsible for why we either succeed or we fail. If you want to start a business, but the only progress you have made on it is talking to your cat about it, then you are not working towards starting your business. If you are not willing to take some risks to start something that you believe in then the only person you can be mad at is yourself. A goal is only goal if you are working towards it, if not, then it is considered a dream.

In the words of the great Vince Lombardi “Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. Sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.” Never think that just because someone is better than you at something, that you shouldn’t even try. There will always be someone better than you, even if you are the best at something; it is only a matter of time before someone in the next generation takes your thrown. The point is not whether you are the best; the point is what you do with experience and what other opportunities arise from it. It was a hard lesson for me to learn, to stop trying to be the best that ever lived at everything I did. I had to just to perform at the best of my abilities and understand that at the end of the day I gave it everything I could, there was nothing more that I could have done. As long as I did that then my goals were one step closer to being accomplished.

To all my readers, go and give whatever you are working on everything that you have. There is no one to blame for your short comings except for yourself. If you are not satisfied with your progress, then go work your ass off until you are satisfied.

Can’t is not an Excuse



  1. Love it Mike. We have very similar mindsets. Not sure where you got the post, but I’ve posted it at my site before. Keep up the good work. Bookmarking.

    • Thank you Patrick for the comment. I agree that we do have very similar mindsets, I visited your site and saw the evidence of that.

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