Can I be real with you today? I’m finding it more and more difficult to listen to people that come across as being so passionate about wanting to make a big impact in this world, while at the same time sharing a list of reasons why they are not already doing so.
In some ways it comes with the territory when you host a top 100 podcast. I have an open application process for the Screw the Naysayers Podcast. Anyone can go to www.screwthenaysayer.com and apply to be a guest. And contrary to the opinions of those that don’t receive an invitation, you don’t have to be famous or have a huge following on Social Media. What you do need, is to have is social evidence that you’re having a positive impact on others.
Now I bring this up because so many people seem to feel that a guest spot on my show (or other popular podcasts) is the missing element. The one thing between them and making the impact they like to talk about. News flash. It’s not.
Podcasts can be an amazing way to complement the work you’re doing and connect you with new people. They won’t find you your first 10, 20, or likely even your first 100 customers. You have to do that work yourself (Seth Godin on Episode 100 and Michael Devallano on Episode 180 both made this point). I don’t blame people for reaching out. Where it gets crazy is when I take the time to speak with them or exchange messages. It doesn’t take me long to identify the ones that are not all in. Some are holding back because they’re unwilling to do the hard work that is needed to make the kind of impact they say they want. Others are caught in some form of victim mode. Here are just a few of the excuses I hear on a weekly basis. “I know I can help people but the people I want to help are tight with money.” “You won’t believe how much time and money I’ve already spent on this. And it’s been a year already.” “Now is not the right time to go all in. I have to wait until things get back to normal.” Or even “my family doesn’t think I can do this so I’ve got to take it slow.”
As an aside I don’t advise offering that advice to your spouse or partner. Kelly Falardeau’s (Episode 77) husband tried that. He’s now her ex-husband. Kelly’s goalcast video has more than 7 million views, she’s a TEDx speaker times 2 and has authored five books, four of which are best sellers.
But really folks, can we stop with the excuses. So you’re saying clients don’t buy from you because they’re cheap or they don’t have any money. I suppose it couldn’t have anything to do with the product or solution you’re selling? And please stop whining about investing money and not getting an instant return. If you bought into the idea that you can start a business without investing any money, that’s your problem. What made you think you would be great at it in the first year? As Evan Carmichael said on Episode 170 you were never good at anything when you first started. And there is only one perfect time to move the needle on your business. Now! When people say they need to wait until things get back to normal, my first question is when was the last time your life was normal? Whatever that is.
Here are just a few examples of people who didn’t waste time with excuses:
Tracy Schmitt (Episode 162) was born a four way amputee. Tracy’s climbed a Himilayan Mountain, competed and won in sailing regattas, and skied down slalom courses.
In the aftermath of the hurricane damage in Puerto Rico Anthony Delgado (Episode 93) wanted to do something to help. His friends told him to send a donation or mail a letter to the Governor. Anthony bought a 1-way ticket to Peurto Rico and hopped on a plane.
The biggest problem was power. Being a tech guy Anthony looks at all the sunshine, and with the help of friends back home he gave away 300 solar panels with batteries. The next biggest problem was the damage to tourism, where a huge number of people had lost their jobs.
Anthony’s answer? Take advantage of the warm weather to host a major tech event. Then he decided to start a coding school in Peurto Rico that combines education with travel.
You think he couldn’t have found a few excuses to justify inaction.
I could go on and on. Want to know the difference between all the people that talk about wanting to make an impact and those who do? The ones that are making an impact don’t waste time making excuses. Until next time, remember, Screw the Naysayers, they suck anyways. Tim…
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