The Myth of “I Can’t”

Success is not easy.  If it was, then everybody would be successful.  The biggest reason businesses fail (besides lack of planning) is the entrepreneur’s lack of stamina and persistence.  I may have touched on this in the first post but I’ll repeat it because it’s very important.

When the going gets tough,  entrepreneurs of failed businesses go soft and quit!

The key to success is persistence!  A lot of people start Ventures with the mindset that they’ll give it a try and hope it works out.  Ummm… With that mindset, only pure luck is going to make it work out.  You have to MAKE it work.  Stick with it.  Learn from your mistakes and change your M.O.  Whatever you do,  don’t quit!  You put in a small amount of sweat and tears (sometimes blood too lol) into your dream and at the first sign of trouble you put it down and whine that you tried.  Bullcrap! Don’t confuse “it’s hard”  with “I cant”.

All that being said,  get on the grid!

Be blessed,

As a side note:
It’s got to be your passion.  If you find yourself not wanting to deal with it… A lot… Then you may be on the wrong path.  Find what you love!


Just last week,  I realized something about my mindset when it came to my business. It was hindering me. Something wasn’t right.  I couldn’t seem to take action. I was learning.  I was looking up all I could about real estate investing.  As a matter of fact,  I was so motivated that I had some other Ventures in mind, also.  I was definitely impressed with myself and thought for sure I was on the right path.  I only ended up confused and kind of lost.  I had so much going on that I didn’t know which way I was going,  what to do next,  or how I was going to get there.

Then I heard a quote.  I can’t remember who said it so I’ll summarize.  They said to pick something and give it all you’ve got.  It dawned on me that the reason I was confused was because I was doing too much at the same time.  I was trying to learn ALL of real estate investing,  get a small cleaning service started for extra money,  and sell some software that my mentor had as an opportunity for me.  All of these are great but I realized that I couldn’t chase all of them at the same time.

That said,  my advice to you,  if I don’t say anything else tonight,  is to find your passion. What’s your biggest goal? What makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? That right there is what you should be giving 100% to.

Be blessed,

As a side note:
Learn to say “no”.  Opportunities are awesome and recognize them when they come but you have to realize which ones are for you and which ones are not.  I don’t really even like cleaning.  And I can’t stand phone sales.  I was so focused on money that I lost sight of my passion.  Don’t lose your passion!

Must Have For Success

I’ve come across many people who would love to start their own business. It’s been a thought of theirs for years and years and it’s something that they say they’ve “always wanted to do”.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to wake up when they wanted to, work in their pajamas, be their own boss, and stack cash in their bank accounts? You come up with a good product or service, advertise a little bit, and then watch the money come rolling in, right? Sounds great in theory. Then…the phone doesn’t ring, the product doesn’t sell, you get no business, you get down and depressed, start beating yourself up, and then you go back to your nine to five in defeat. At least you gave it a try, right?

That’s where I was too! I was down and out and didn’t think I had what it took in order to be successful. I watched the world around me prosper. I worked a nine to five and watched the customers I served enjoy the lifestyle that they’ve dreamed of. Why couldn’t I figure out how to do that, too? What did they have that I didn’t? Hmm…it must be because they grew up wealthy and they got a running start. I didn’t grow up with a bunch of money so I guess I don’t have the resources to succeed. My parents were very smart but we were lower class. i watched my mother and step-father struggle to make ends meet. Some people are rich and some are poor. That’s just the way it is. Either you’re born into a rich family and will have an abundant life or you’re not. That’s the mindset that I grew up with. I, like many other people, was very wrong!

I don’t care who you are, where you grew up, what color your skin is, or what your last name is…YOU CAN SUCCEED! It takes a certain mindset, a mindset that you can achieve and grow into if you want success bad enough. The thing that you absolutely cannot go without in order to succeed in business is…..WILLPOWER AND DETERMINATION.

Creating and operating a successful business comes with risk. It comes with hard work. it comes with pain. It comes with disappointment. But through that risk, hard work, pain, and disappointment comes huge rewards if you have willpower and determination. I’m not talking about that pansy kind of willpower and determination…the kind that’s going to run out of steam as soon as you hit the first roadblock. The kind that gets you excited but you’re easily dissuaded as soon as you tell the first naysayer that you think is on your side. I’m talking about that willpower and determination that’s going to pull you through WHATEVER obstacles (and oh, they’re coming) come your way. It takes SACRIFICE! Get off the phone! Get off of Facebook! Get off of Twitter! Put the TV Remote down! None of these is going to make you successful! Success will not come knocking at your front door. You’ve got to go get it! There’s a way around every obstacle that you can think of and you’ll discover those loopholes if you’re determined enough. If you’re not determined, you’ll whine and quit. Don’t be a whiny quitter!

My favorite quote is by an amazing motivational speaker who has been through what you and I have been through and personally, it keeps me going when I feel the urge to quit. He said “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, only then will you be successful” – Eric Thomas.