Have you hit the big-time yet? No? Well, there’s no shame in that; we all have to start somewhere, and it’s often a difficult slog before you reach that first goal on your way to the top of the financial heap. You are climbing that mountain, though, aren’t you?
What, you’re not? Why not?
I’m sure you have your reasons, and some of them may be good, justifiable ones. But most of them…well, let’s be frank here. They’re excuses you’re using to explain your lack of success when you look in the mirror. Excuses can be very reassuring, and it’s easy enough to make yourself believe them. You may even be able to make other people believe them. But when you get right down to it, excuses are just comfortable lies you tell yourself so that you’ll feel better. Maybe you do it because you don’t want to admit that you’re actually human and might fail at something (though the only true failure is failing to try). Maybe you’re trying to convince yourself that you’re not really lazy, or timid, or self-doubtful. It doesn’t matter. A lie is a lie, and if you keep lying to yourself, you’re never really going to succeed.
At the risk of sounding callous, let me repeat, once again, the theme of this series of articles: you can make money, or you can make excuses. But you can’t make both.
Many of the excuses that people use to sabotage themselves are based on money in some way or filme gospel netflix another. These excuses may vary in their details, but what they all boil down to is, “I just can’t afford it.” Sometimes this really is true. There are times when a lack of money has you on the cusp of desperation and despair, and from any logical standpoint, it would be unreasonable to spend a bunch of money on a business opportunity (a topic I’ll expound upon later in this article). On the other hand, most monetary situations aren’t that desperate.
Now, people might say that they don’t have the money for something, when in fact they’re just unwilling to part with what they do have in order to take a chance. Usually it’s because they’ve already earmarked the money for something else they want. Let’s not play pretend: most of us have done this at one time or another. Any entrepreneur worth their salt knows very well that most people are willing to spend money on a 60-inch plasma screen TV, a vacation, or whatever else they might fervently desire, while still claiming they can’t afford to spend a few thousand bucks on a business opportunity that has the potential to make them a fortune.
Most people don’t even see the disconnect here, much less comprehend how ironic it is. There’s an old saying that goes, “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” Well, these folks are buying the fish, picking the bones clean, and then buying the next fish, and the next…when for the price of one nice fish, they just might set themselves up to have fish for a lifetime, without having to pay full cost for a fish ever again…and sometimes without having to pay anything at all. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, but that’s reality.