Unfortunately, most people don’t succeed in all areas of life and business. It’s sad but it’s true.
Most people are not in the best relationship they are dreaming of, most people are not as healthy as they want, not as happy as they want to be, are not succeeding in business, do not enjoy their kids as much as they want to, are not satisfied with their jobs, they are working way too much, and on and on.
And of course, there is this dark side where people are having problems, ‘big’ problems. Addictions, drugs, depression, violence, health issues.
Can we really change the awful statistics? Or more importantly, would you like to become the exception and not the rule?
Why People Don’t Succeed
Today, I will focus on the business side of things, and first, we need to analyze the reasons why people don’t succeed in business so that we know what to do instead.
So Many Resources, So Many Failures
Why is that so many people with almost unlimited resources eventually fail in business?
I bet you know a few. People that had a proper education, a good and supporting family, good relationships.
Additionally, there are so many intelligent people that don’t believe in themselves, they don’t believe in their powers enough, and watch their lives slip away without being able to do all that they wanted to do.
Despite all the resources available, people are failing because they don’t take massive action when they have the chance to do so.
Reasons Why People Don’t Succeed
I am a strong believer that all humans have extraordinary potential.
Let’s take a look at some examples:
You maybe are aware of Nick Galis. A Greek/American athlete playing basketball for Aris Thessaloniki and the national team of Greece.
What about him?
He was only 1.85m or less but he was dominating athletes of 2.15m and even taller. He was scoring anywhere between 30-50+ points on every match.
When Nick was jumping up he would (never) fall. He was walking in the air like Michael Jordan was.
Nick had momentum, self-confidence, but he was also practicing every day more than anyone else. When everyone was leaving the arena he was there to practice 2,3, or even 5 hours more.
The same was true for Jordan. He was not an overnight success. In fact, Jordan failed more times than any other basketball player before he became a superstar.
So why some people succeed and others fail?
Although all people have the potential to accomplish great things in life and business, the majority fails.
Not everyone has the same level of determination or passion. Not everyone is willing to sacrifice more time and effort to become a real superstar. Not everyone is willing to practice until they master their craft.
Let’s read some powerful quotes:
Knowledge without implementation is but mere information. True knowledge transcends the barrier of the mind and bears fruit within action
Knowledge is useless without consistent application
Ambition without implementation is a ridiculous delusion
Implementation, that’s the missing ingredient in the majority of cases.
Lack of execution, lack of action.
This is what usually happens in universities and colleges. You get an amazing education without a plan to take action and apply this knowledge immediately to your life or business.
I discuss the subject in detail in the article: Is University worth it?
But why some people that do take action eventually fail or quit?
Action and execution should be consistent. You want to take massive action and stop thinking of quitting.
Some people get excited when let’s say start a new business, but after a few months or years this spark, this flame goes away or fades out.
They might get awesome results at the beginning but then, all of a sudden, they stop progressing.
Why is that happening?
Because at some point, they lose their “momentum”.
Maybe something bad happens in their life and ruins their ability to focus on their business.
External reasons that force them to hit a wall and lose their confidence.
In other cases, it is the lack of mission.
Making good money is the driving force behind every business. And I am not saying it should not be.
But although money is very important it’s not everything.
You got to have a mission above money. Why are you doing what you do? Why are you running your business or starting a new business?
There’s got to be something more beyond money.
Some people are really hungry to get results, they are what we called “driven”.
Those are people that will go on and on no matter what.
They don’t care about other people’s opinions and judgments.
They are on a mission and they will do anything they can to accomplish their goals regardless of their capabilities or potential.
More often than not, people with fewer privileges achieve greater levels of success in life and business.
They are hungry.
Where this hunger, this drive comes from?
I am not sure 100%, but I suspect that these hungry people have suffered ‘big’ time at some point in their life.
Fears, Disbeliefs, Negative Experiences
Fear is a ‘big’ enemy when it comes to success.
Fear of rejection, fear of failing, fear they won’t make it, fear of being judged and misunderstood.
If fear takes over, we lose our momentum and we get stuck.
Some people although they are extremely capable, they have a low image of themselves. I have friends and partners that don’t believe in themselves.
When they succeed at something, they think they are lucky, when they fail, they think it’s normal. They think that other humans are superior to them.
These disbeliefs can really ruin careers, and inside all of us, there is a negative voice that’s telling us we can’t progress.
And there are negative past experiences and events in our life that are preventing us from moving forward.
Our “inner demons”.
Our nightmares that come back almost every night to haunt our dreams, our dreams for success.
How To Succeed
First, I believe it’s very important to find your unique superpower. Not everyone is great at everything. Find your unique angle, do things that you really enjoy doing.
You also need a mission. What are you trying to accomplish beyond making money?
Is it to help other people? To impact as many lives as you can?
Spend some time to identify your greater meaning in business (and in life).
You need to be focused on your mission and your business goals.
You need to take massive action and be hungry.
You need to believe in yourself, more than anyone else.
You need to be certain that you can succeed.
Another thing you can do is to read books. Study successful people not only in your industry but generally. Read them carefully so you can identify their inner passion and hunger, from where it comes from.
But remember, it’s not enough to read in order to change, action will take you there.
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Tasos Perte Tzortzis
Marketing Consultant, Creator of the "7 Ideals" Methodology
Although doing traditional business offline since 1992, I fell in love with online marketing in late 2014 and have helped hundreds of brands sell more of their products and services. Founder of WebMarketSupport, Muvimag, SummerDream.
I enjoy reading, arts, science, chess, coffee, tea, swimming, Audi, and playing with my kids.