I’m not being trite or condescending here, but the truth is, most of the time, people give me a million reasons why they’re not successful, and in most cases, it has nothing to do with them. “My boss won’t listen,” or “The economy tanked,” or “People don’t understand me,” or “Everyone steals my ideas,” or a million other excuses. And that’s exactly what they are – excuses.
I’ve seen too many situations where people with no money or influence produced feature films. Busy housewives with a million responsibilities wrote best-selling novels in their spare time. Someone with three jobs, launching a business that takes off like wildfire. Someone on welfare finishes college.
Yes – there are real problems out there. I would never minimize that. But we live in a time where people expect the government to take care of them, or sue companies when they spill hot coffee on themselves, or take their parents to court, or who knows what. We want to live a life free of risk, and we just can’t bring ourselves to admit that we’re the problem.
Whatever your challenge, you’ll never move on while blaming other people for your failures. If you really want to change your life, at some point, you need to suck it up, realize that you’re the only person who can change your circumstances, and act.
That’s the key word: ACT. Stop blaming. Stop making excuses. Stop passing the buck. Get out there. Learn what you need to know. Meet who you need to meet.
Act. That’s when things will start changing.