What if you could make one simple change right now that changes everything?
Health. Happiness. Fitness. Relationships. Finances. Career. You fill in the rest.
What if I told you that this single factor is what really sets extraordinary people apart from everyone else?
What if this is how Alexander the Great became the king of the world, how Thomas Edison became the king of inventing, and how Elon Musk is becoming the king of the impossible?
And what if this is how you can find out just how special you can be, too?
What is this “magic bullet,” you’re wondering?
Being obsessed? Being “present”? Setting big goals? Admitting mistakes? Inspiring others?
It’s far more primal than any of that. In fact, without it, none of those things really matter.
I have to warn you, though: you’re probably not going to like it.
You’re probably going to feel like I’m asking you to step out into a blizzard, naked. Like I’m asking you to force a dislocated limb back into place.
Here it is:
REFUSE TO MAKE EXCUSES.
For every failure, every shortcoming, every disadvantage.
Refuse to believe that it’s okay to give up and take the easy road out. Refuse to look for reasons to be weak. Refuse to blame anyone or anything else for your troubles.
Elon Musk once wooed investors by sharing that he approaches life as a samurai would: he’d rather kill himself than fail.
Whether sieging an “impregnable” city or facing an “invincible” army, Alexander the Great refused to believe he couldn’t succeed. “There is nothing impossible to him who will try,” he once said.
After going through thousands of unworkable lightbulb filaments, Thomas Edison was challenged about his “lack of results.”
“Results? Why, man, I have gotten lots of results!” he replied. “If I find ten thousand ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward.”
THAT’s how to do the “unimaginable.”
That’s the big secret.
So, the next time you say you’re going to do something, big or small, don’t lard the decision with a coat of “maybe” or leave yourself loopholes.
Don’t saddle it with “if’s” or “but’s,” and don’t allow excuses to wait in the wings.
The next time you say you’re going to do something, channel your inner Elon instead.
You do it or you die.
When you can do that, you can do anything.