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Excuses to Success

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.  – Stephen Hawking

Many people dream of success. And yet, there are just so many people who didn’t achieve it.

When probed, there are “reasons” for not achieving success. Are they really “reasons”? Or are they merely excuses?

Let’s see what are the common excuses for not chasing after our dreams. And more importantly, how can we overcome it?

Excuse #1 : I have no time.
Like, seriously? Of course, there is no denying that there are people who work two shifts to make ends meet. These are the kind of people whose rest time is their 4 hours sleep. I understand their plight.

But for the rest of us, do we really don’t have the time? If we would watch less a couple of streaming movies, that would free up  a couple of hours a day.

It is just a matter of prioritization. What is more important? Your current joy or the fruits of your effort?

Excuse #2 : I have no money.
There are people who are poor. And then, there are people who spends indiscriminately. You have the money , all along. It depends on how you spend it. Do you spend it on  buying the things that you want (but don’t need)? Or do you spend it on the things that will help you achieve your dreams faster?

There is also a misconception here. You don’t really need a lot of money to achieve success. All you need is to learn how to make do with what you have. When money is a concern, you need to think creatively. How can you leverage on your time and effort to make up for the lack of money?

Excuse #3 : I don’t have the luck.
Don’t aim for the lucky break. Lottery winners are far and away. And even if they win, their winnings don’t last.

Make your own luck. Chase after each and every one of the opportunities. Always be on the learning. Luck is when opportunity meets preparedness.

Excuse #4 : I don’t have the connections.
To have success, you need to know the correct people. People who can make the wheel go round. We are not living in an island. We need each other’s help.

How then do we increase our connection? Always be the helpful one. Develop a habit of helping others. People like people who are helpful and kind. This is a characteristics that draw people to you.

Always seek out new friends. Go out to social gathering and make it a point to know at least two people at each event. Seek out where successful people would gather, and attend the events whenever possible.

These excuses are merely excuses. They hold no power on us, unless we let them to. Don’t give in. Make it a stand, your stand, to say – today is my day. I shall not give any excuses. I shall do my part. I shall work hard for my success.

What would you do? What is your excuse today? And more importantly, how do you resolve on your excuse?



Flow State

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. – Ayn Rand

Some people call it the flow state. Some call it the genius state. Some declare it as creative state.

What is a flow state? It’s that feeling where you can achieve things, effortlessly. Where you are your best. Where things just move according to what you have wanted.

It feels like time is standing still, allowing you to produce chunks and chunks of work.

It feels like time is flying past, you didn’t even need to keep track of time.

Time is irrelevant.

It feels like you are Michaelangelo. You have just created David.

It feels like you are Mozart. You have just composed Symphony No 40.

It feels like you are David Beckham. You have just done a wonderful free kick.

Flow state is like a love-hate relationship. It is so near, yet so far.

Some people can only dream of achieving it once or twice in their lifetime. It is those one or two miracles that would bring breakthrough in their lives.

For others, it comes naturally. It is like, they are in deep flow state every single day.

How then, do we, the rest of the human beings, achieve flow state?

Focus. We have to keep our focus. Don’t be distracted with social media and gossips. Our human mind is a marvelous creation. It works best when it is on single-laser beam focus.

Be single-minded. Do not chase after so many things. Pick your topic of interest. It serves you no purpose, if you are aiming for mastery, when you are distracted in tens or hundreds of field of interests. Choose one and commit to it.

Be committed. You have to put in the effort. From the effort you put in, things would come second nature. You have to put in deliberate practice. There is no overnight success, regardless how the media wants to tell you otherwise.

Flow state is not impossible. It takes effort, just like anything worth pursuing for. But realize this, it worth every single effort that you have put in.



There’s Still Time

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. – William Shakespeare

An illusion that we keep on telling ourselves is also the most fatal of all. There’s still time.

We believe we are all immortal.

We believe that time stands still.

We believe there’s always tomorrow.

Because of this mis-belief, we postpone what is important to us.

We delay our happiness.

We push out our dreams.

We hold ourselves back from saying “I love you”.

Minutes turn to hours. Hours turn to days.

Weeks passed by and months replaced by years.

Before you know it, you are at your deathbed pondering, “Where has time passed by? Why did I land myself in this situation?

Time and tide waits for no one.

What is important to you? Do it now or you would forever regret it.



What is the price of your success?

Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.  -Arnold H. Glasow

What is the price of your success?

There are sacrifices that need to be taken. There are changes in life that you need to make. There are changes in mindset that you need to adopt.

But really, what is the price of your success?

Time. There is no overnight success. We marvel at an overnight sensation, someone who made it at American Idol or The Voice, not knowing the time they put in to perfect their crafts. We seem to forget there is such a rule called 10,000 hours to mastery.

Energy. You need to put in the effort to do it. Success comes from freaking hard work. And it comes from you being persistent, doing the same boring routine day in and day out. It’s about you doing the right thing regardless of the seasons of the year.

Learning. To succeed, you need to keep on learning. The world is forever changing. What works yesterday may not work today. And it will definitely won’t work tomorrow. Someone, somewhere, would come up with a brand new innovation. A better way to do things. A faster and cheaper alternative. A disruptive technology. A whole new world. To stay ahead, we have to keep abreast.

Social. When you put in time and energy in pursuing your dream, there’s no time left for mindless social gathering. Your non-empowering friends would start to desert you, or worse, bring you down, for you are becoming different from them. Someone whom they longed to be, and yet didn’t have the courage  and persistence to pursue it.

Success is a long and tiring road. At times, you may to give up. But think back. Think back on the reasons why are you pursuing it in the first place.

It is a lonely journey going up. It is a long journey going up. But trust me, when all is said and done, it will worth every single effort and time you have put in.

What is the price you have paid to achieve the success you are having at this moment of time? What else could you do for future success?


Time to Think

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. – Plato

When you face a difficult situation, and you need to decide on your course of action; do you often feel frustrated that you couldn’t think rationally?

There’s a few steps to think with clarity.

Stop. Clear your mind of all thoughts. Calm down. Take a walk. Meditate. Breathe in, breathe out. Ensure that you are not influenced by any emotions when you are doing your thinking.

Time. Allocate the time to think. Do not feel rushed to make a decision. Allow yourself ample time to think. When you feel rushed, you are causing stress to your mind. And your mind doesn’t work well with undue stress.

Note. Write it down. Writing it down gives you the clarity. You are able to see the connection clearly. You are not taxing your brain to remember all the complex “what-if”s or possible outcomes. Instead, you are using your brain to think, when you can see all the outcomes clearly on the notes.

These are some simple steps to think clearly. It doesn’t need to be complicated. Choose a simpler method.

Are you frustrated of certain decisions that you find it hard to make? Try the steps above and see if they could help you better.



When Results are lacking

Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. – Joyce Meyer

Saw a post by foundrmagazine on their Instagram :

What do you do when you do not see the results that you want?

You put in effort day in, day out. Weeks pass by. Months pass by. Years pass by.

When do you persist? When do you throw in the towel?

Believe. You must always believe in yourself. Have faith in your capability and believe in things will work out eventually. There is no use doubting and second guessing yourself.

System. Does the system work? Look for hard facts. Did other successful people use the same system? Success leaves clues. Therefore, from the clues, we can reverse-engineer and figure out the system that work. Follow their step-by-step methodological. If the system doesn’t work, change it!

Time. Anything worthwhile takes time. Don’t rush it over. If you are doing things correctly, and with the right intention, the right results will eventually show. Be patience.

What are the things that you have been putting in efforts and still aren’t seeing any results? Stay calm, and remember the three pointers.



Leap Day

No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important. – Mary Kay Ash

It’s Leap Day today. There’s only a 29-February, once every 4 years,

Have you thought to yourself, how have you been living your life?

Leap day serves a reminder to us.

Life is like a leap day, it comes once in a blue moon. You don’t see it every year. Chances in life don’t come knocking on your door repeatedly.

Unlike leap day, chances in life is unpredictable. Chances appearing but once. When it is there, you have to make a decision – to take or not to take.

Time past by is unrecoverable. You can’t rewind the clock, to relive the past.

Do we live in regret of the things we didn’t do?
Do we live in regret of the principles that we failed to stand up for?
Do we live in regret for failing to say the “I love you” to those who matters?

Make every second counts. Live life to the fullest. Experience life as it is meant to be. Think of the thoughts that lifts you up, speak of words that inspire, do the things that you are proud of.

Leave a legacy behind. But first, enjoy this very moment. Be in the present. Be focused.

Life is too short to be wasted. Every single day is a gift to us. As much as we would enjoy it, we would contribute it back to our family, our society, our Earth.

What are the chances you are grasping today? Take action now, never to delay any more.



Stop Hoping

Action is the foundational key to all success. – Pablo Picasso

We always think, we are busy now. Our dreams can wait later.

We need to work at a stable job to support our family. After the kids have grown up, then we can pursue our dreams.

This is a lousy job, maybe we work for another 5 years, then we change job.

We hope for the change of external conditions. But we all know that the changes are not controllable.

A better and wiser way is to take charge of our lives. Don’t wait. Life is short. Take up the responsibilities of directing your lives.

We all have but one life. Make it count.

Don’t wait for situations to change. Change it today!

What is your dream? What is the one action you can do right now, moving you forward to your dreams?



I’ve always been interested in how we survive and how resourceful we are as Americans. – Steven Spielberg

Success doesn’t come to those with the most resources. Time, money, strength.

Success comes to those who are resourceful. Those who make do with what they have.

If you don’t have the money, find another job. Get another part time job. Find way to reduce your expenses. Is there another way to do things without the required money?

If you don’t have the time, can you say no to chores that don’t serve you? Can you find ways to do things faster? Can you do things more efficiently?

If you don’t have the strength, can you find someone to help you? How can their energy help you? Can you leverage on other people’s expertise?

Resourcefulness is about making do with what you have. It’s about maximizing your chances of success while reducing the risk or the downside. It’s about thinking out of the box to solve your problems.

What is your current pain points that you are facing right now? How can you see it differently, from a different light? How can you solve it with what you have, or even better, with less than what you have?



Work Towards Inspiration

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. – Jimmy Dean

When will I be inspired to write an article? When would I be inspired to create the next big post?

In reality, it’s not like I have to wait for the durian to fall. Things don’t work like that.

If I were to wait, it would have been forever before I can get a single post out.

I would have come up with nothing.

Instead of waiting, I should actively pursue.

I should just keep writing. And writing. And writing.

Once I’ve started to warm up, inspiration comes to me.

Just like driving a car. You would turn on the engine, let it warm up before you speed it off.

Why do we have to wait for inspiration?

Because it is easy to do so. Waiting is justifiable. We wouldn’t be punished if we can’t come up with any ideas.

We are still waiting.

But waiting is a crime. Waiting is procrastination. Waiting steals us of our time, of our energy, of our motivation.

Let’s stop waiting. And start doing.

Even a doodle. Or even a mindless post like this.

Just keep writing. And start doing. And inspiration would come to you.

Have you ever found yourself waiting for inspiration? Why not just start doing?

Consider yourself doing some preparation work. A prep exercise of perhaps a 5 to 10 minute drill.

Once you are fully accustomed to it, you will be more relaxed and ideas would be overflowing to you.

Give it a try. Life is all about experimenting and finding the best approach for you.