106 Excuses That Prevent You From Ever Becoming Great

Excuses, we all make them everyday.  Sometimes it’s something small like getting focused on your “to do” list and other times it’s making a life changing decision.  I’ve highlighted a few of the excuses below but to read all 106 excuses go to: http://www.chrisbrogan.com/106/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+chrisbrogandotcom+%28%5Bchrisbrogan.com%5D%29

106 Excuses That Prevent You From Ever Becoming Great

by Tommy Walker  October 25, 2011

Be honest. How often do you sabotage yourself? On any given day, you have tasks you’d like to finish because you know they’d positively impact your business, and tasks you actually do.

Something is holding you back, and you can’t quite put your finger on it. So instead of moving past it and taking action, you make an excuse. You justify your reasons for staying put.

You may have one excuse; you may have several.

What follows are 106 of the most common excuses you might tell yourself.

You don’t have the knowledge.

There’s one word kicks this excuse right in the teeth. “Google.”  If you can’t find a ton of free information on Google, find a book on Amazon.If Amazon doesn’t work, hire a coach.

Information is more accessible now than any other point in history, and most of it is free.

Spend time to find it. Commit to learning it. Be equipped to tackle your challenge.

You don’t know the right people

Like education, people are more accessible than ever before. Nearly anyone you need to know can be found on Twitter, Facebook, or Linkedin.  Be on a mission they can’t resist being a part of, and you’re half way there.

With a little patience, and an awesome personality, you can connect with the right people. It won’t happen overnight, but it certainly will happen if you want it bad enough.

You don’t have the money

Finances are a sensitive issue.  You might not have the money right
now, but there are plenty of ways to increase your income.

If you have to scour freelancer sites to aquire a hundred dollars here and there, do it.  Any money you make freelancing, save it to put towards your dream project.

Can’t afford to do that? Create a strict budget, and set aside a portion of your income.  Don’t believe what the news tells you, money is everywhere, and people spend it every day.  Right now, someone is hiring someone just like you.

You can’t afford to take a risk right now.

If not now, then when? This excuse is fear of the unknown. The reality is, you can’t afford not to take a risk right now.  If an idea really benefits people,
pulling on the reigns doesn’t just inhibit your progress…it prevents people
from improving their lives.

It’s too hard.

Anything worth doing is hard.  When was the last time “easy” had a
huge payoff for you?

Someone else is already doing it.

Which came first, Copyblogger or Problogger? Dyson or Hoover? Groupon or LivingSocial?  Does it matter?  Not really.

You don’t know where to begin.

The human brain isn’t designed to process information in a linear fashion.  This is why when you dream, it doesn’t start “at the beginning” and you only remember how the dream ended, but never how it began.

If you’re looking to pick up a new skill, usually “the beginning” will make itself apparent, regardless of where you start.

Nobody will buy.

If people will buy the “Pet Rock” people will buy what you’re selling.  You just have to figure out how to position yourself, and why they need you.

You haven’t done it before.

This is my favorite excuse, because it’s such a cop out.  Let’s look at some of the common milestones in your life that you got through just fine

  • You went to school (hadn’t done that before)
  • Had your first kiss (hadn’t done that before)
  • Learned to drive a car
  • Took up a new hobby
  • Learned to read

Or really anything beyond lying on your back and flailing your limbs uncontrollably.  You hadn’t done anything before you did it. It’s simple, but it’s true.  This excuse is rooted in fear of the unknown.

There’s no point.

Not with that attitude, there isn’t.  The point is that you’re helping
people. The point is that you’re doing something. The point is you’re being
productive and taking action.  The point is you’re not living in
premature self defeat. You are taking an idea from concept to actualization.  You’re bringing your ideas to the world.  Even if no one sees it, you can have
the satisfaction of knowing you did something you believed in.

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.

You’re too old.

No you’re not.  Age and willingness to learn only go hand in hand if you let them. Your life experience gives you a valuable perspective that many others might not bring to the table.

You’re too young.

No you’re not.  Age and willingness to learn only go hand in hand if you let them. Your youth allows you to see things from a fresh perspective that the older generation may have missed.  Let your youth be more most valuable
weapon, not something that holds you back.

You don’t have time.

Seriously? You just read (or at least scrolled through) 106 excuses, 106 debunks and nearly 7,000 words. You have time.

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.

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One Response to 106 Excuses That Prevent You From Ever Becoming Great

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this 🙂

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