You’re smart. Right?

You might not be Einstein. Okay, you’re no Steve Jobs, either. But, you’re smart.  Which begs the questions, why aren’t you successful?

Sure, you’re getting by but, let’s be honest, you’re better than that. What gives?

Oh, I get it. You’re biding your time. Earning your stripes and learning the ropes.

Wake up!

Trouble is some of us sit around with a smile on our face and wait for success. Our time will come is what we keep telling ourselves.

No, no it won’t. You have to make your own way and seek it out to create your future.

To do that you have to stop doing these 6 things. They are keeping you from being as successful as you could be.

1. Fearful

You’re afraid. Afraid of trying, starting and of going big and failing hard. It’s okay, that’s natural. You don’t want to look foolish. I get it, but fear and failure are part of the process. You can’t avoid them so you might as well embrace them and start!

2. Entitled

Newsflash, nobody owes you anything! Ever! No one is going to tell you how wonderful you are, or how great you might be, They don’t care. What they’d like is for you to show them how great you are. You have two choices: One – Put in the Work or Two – don’t do the work.

3. Distracted

There’s not enough time in the day. This is true. I run out of time everyday. I try to cram so much in but you, you don’t have enough time because you waste so much of it doing Meaningless tasks; Taking too many breaks and not planning out your workday and priorities. You tell yourself you're busy, hey you are busy but, you’re not productive. Plan Ahead!

4. Negative

Stop raining on everyone’s parade. You’re a naysayer. A critic. A black cloud. Look, you can have a bad day and not take it out on everyone else. Negativity is toxic and contagious. Stop infecting everyone around you. And remember, like attracts like. If you’re negative there’s a good chance that you’re surrounded by negative thoughts and negative people. Think about it.

5. Full of Excuses

I know, It’s not your fault. You’re not the reason you’re not successful. It’s everyone else. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way. If you want to get ahead you have to start taking responsibility for your actions and your life. That means your success and your failure are no one else's fault but your own. So stop the excuses they are for cowards. The only things that matter are results.

6. Lazy

If you aren’t willing to put in the work, you basically don't want it, Plain and simple. Sorry, that's the truth.  Ask yourself, what’s your aversion to hustle? There are not secretes, no quick fixes, no short cuts, no such thing as an overnight success. There’s just people who work hard and those who don’t. Which are you?

It’s okay if you’re cool with waiting and being scared and making excuses. That’s on you. But, know this – if you make that choice you have to stop wondering why you’re not successful. You already know the answer. You’re not working hard enough.

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