Seriously. Just do it!
Over the past 18 months, I completely shifted the way I looked at the world.
I adjusted what I did with my time, I changed the people I hung out with, I did things that were WAY out of my comfort zone, I went to the other side of the world, I gathered the best and brightest people I could find, I had those people invest over a million in my company, I convinced Finn – an awesome go-getter – to join my company. I interviewed Richard Branson on stage and spoke at an entrepreneurship event to university students in my country, while I never even graduated college. And it doesn’t even feel like a big achievement. I just did it, but it wasn’t that hard. I just did it.
Most people within your nearest circle of friends are jokers. They constantly talk about doing something: creating a business, doing that great road trip or even quitting their dead-end job.
But even though they constantly mention it, months later, they are STILL talking about the same idea. You know that they’ll never do it. They always have an excuse.
- “It’s not the right moment”
- “I’m not clever enough”
- “I need to focus on my job”
- “I’ve got some classes to follow”
- “My cat is hungry”
- “I need money to do this”
- or my most favorite: “I don’t have enough time”
I’m amazed by the amount of people who preach and scream that they don’t have enough time to execute their ideas or follow their dreams.
They “don’t have time”. But then the next thing that person starts to ask you is whether or not you also saw *every sitcom or movie* on TV last week, what level your World-of-Warcraft character is, or how many parties you went to last weekend!
Become confident, drop the bullshit, and execute.
It’s all about execution. Nothing else matters.
The difference between successful entrepreneurs and jokers isn’t passion. It isn’t luck. It isn’t money. It isn’t their network. It isn’t knowledge. It’s the fact that they simply DO.
It’s really that simple!
Successful people focus on opportunities and execute.
Jokers focus on obstacles and make up excuses.
3. How I changed
I decreased the amount of time I spent with other jokers. Even when they are your best friends, parents, cousins or classmates, it’s time to pull away. Learn to do stuff, execute, ship, and stop talking to the jokers.
Your character and personality are being defined by the people you spend the most time with.
This is because humans want to be liked by the people in their closest group of friends. And imitation is the highest form of flattery.
Most people are jokers. And because you are surrounded by jokers, you are very likely to become a joker.
Think of all the people in your close circle of friends and family. Try to pinpoint which ones are the worst. Those people who are always complaining about their current situation, but don’t do jack shit to change it. Those people who want to do something, but always end the sentence with “someday”.
I’m definitely not telling you to ditch them. But it might be a good time to start thinking whether it is still a good idea to keep listening to their “advice”.
Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.
What do you want to do? Who do you want to become?
Target all (soon to be) successful people within your network and contact them.
Surround yourself with success. Surround yourself with passion. And most importantly, surround yourself with people who execute. Surround yourself with go-getters.
Learn where they meet, ask if you can join. Tell them about your plans, have them motivate you and push you forward. Become accountable to them. Learn what drives them and try to impress THEM. Impress go-getters. You’ll only impress them by becoming a go-getter, because indeed, imitation is the greatest form of flattery..
Stop listening to the people who love you. They want to protect you and will give you advice that will do just that. Protect you. The downside is that the most “safe” mentality is the joker-mentality. Nothing bad will happen, but nothing great will happen either. You’ll live in the status-quo.
Learn to judge yourself by your actions, not your dreams.
Stop being a joker.