MAKE EXCUSES THE ROADMAP TO SUCCESS123 views
There’s always a gap between “what I have now” and “what I would like to have”. According to James Altucher, for any professional all it takes to close the gap is to be creative and work your way through the excuses. In other words, your excuses are simply the roadmap that takes you from “here” to “there”.
IT’S TOO CRAZY
Rodney Dangerfield was a salesman. But he wanted to return to his old career as a standup comedian when he was about 50. It was crazy for him to think he could be a success. But instead of falling back on this excuse, he opened up his own comedy club: Dangerfield’s. And it was there that he developed his craft more and more until he became the legend. Along the way, Dangerfield’s became the most popular comedy club in NYC.
I NEED A DEGREE AND OTHER OUTSIDE VALIDATION
When Andy Samberg was starting at Saturday Night Live he didn’t just huddle in the writer’s room with everyone else and try to come up with jokes. Too much competition! He took a camera and went out and shot “Lazy Sunday”, which was the first YouTube video to get over 100,000,000 views and became his first SNL Digital Short.
I’M NOT IN THE RIGHT LOCATION
Some people move to Silicon Valley to get funding for their startup. Many think they need to own a home before they could really have “roots” and start creating. When Altucher built Stockpickr.com, he spent less than $5,000 and probably never left his basement. It was the 10th website he was trying to launch, the first nine had failed. He was lucky — the website took off and in the second month had almost a million visitors.
I DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT NETWORK
This is a beautiful excuse because if you can overcome it, you are going to make many amazing friends. Building a network from scratch requires just three to four hours a day of work. Guess how Lewis Howes, the author, entrepreneur, and former professional Arena League football player, built his network? He would simply make LinkedIn connections and then invite them all out to open-bar parties where they could network. He created his network by introducing everyone else to each other.
I DON’T HAVE TALENT
It’s widely agreed that the best chess player ever, Bobby Fischer, didn’t have that much talent. He was above average. He studied games from 100 years earlier and coming up with improvements to each one, practicing endlessly and learning Russian so that he could read the local chess magazines to learn openings that none of his US opponents knew. Thus, he came out of nowhere and became the youngest U.S. champion ever.