Success vs Excuses

What is holding me back from achieving what I want to do? I’m not talking about excuses but legitimate reasons. If I am honest with myself I won’t need excuses anyway. Jim Kuukral has organized 13 reasons why we are not successful. I’ve turned it into a countdown. I won’t go into detail which ones apply to me. All I can say is that more than a few are very damning and I don’t like it. So, being forced to realize these reasons are accurate, I cannot ignore them and will work toward correcting them.

In the movie, The Empire Strikes Back, a young apprentice seeks the wisdom of a master. When given a task seemed impossible, Luke comments:

Luke: I’ll try.

Yoda: No try. Do or do not. There is no try.

Luke: I don’t believe it.

Yoda: That is why you fail.

The reasons why we are not successful:

13. Don’t believe

12. Don’t want it

11. Think small

10. Social B.S.

9. Waste time

8. “X” factor. I need “X”or I don’t have “X”.

7. “They”

6. No goals

5. Stop thinking

4. Negativity

3. Fear

2. Entitlement

1. Laziness


Mental Challenge

My brain is constantly seeking input. I enjoy taking tech news and hacks to implement it into my life. It isn’t a fear of missing out (FOMO) that seems to be the case with most people.

In order to prove that to myself, I look for chances to expand my brain and learn.

The problem is maintaining that focus. I’ll blame the distractions but it probably isn’t true.  If I come across something that stumps me, I’ll set it aside and eventually get back to it. By then, I am starting from scratch again.

For now, I have signed up for a self-help track on web design fundamentals using the Code Academy website. All web-based, this and other courses allow someone to learn step by step and can see the results on the same page. Brilliant.

Moving on. If you know me then you know I read. A lot. I’m thinking that most of what I read is for entertainment purposes and not educational. Do I need both? Can I have both?

As a Linux user, I have scratched the surface of using the operating system. I want to get down to the kernel of it and challenge myself to learn the command line instead of relying on a graphical user interface.

I will work it out enough to host my websites and email server.

Turning off the online streaming video would help too.

Ok, go.