Why I hate the words “I can’t”

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I was inspired to write this post after watching one of Gary Vaynerchuk’s videos on his Facebook page. If you don’t know Gary, he is a successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker, although he regularly expresses how much he hates the “motivational me”. I like him because he speaks truth. Not always what you want to hear, but the truth.

The reason why he hates that people look to him for motivation, is because of the reality that people love to be motivated but don’t necessarily want to put the work in afterwards. It’s easy to pick up a book, watch a video, comment and say “this is just what I needed to hear today”, but how many people then go out and put that motivation into action? Not many.

The reason for this post is driven by how many times I hear the words “I can’t”. Including myself! I’ve said it many times before, and my boyfriend has called me out on it. I think that’s part of the reason why I love watching Gary V over other public speakers, because he reminds me so much of my boyfriend. He’s not afraid to call me out on my bullshit. He cuts the crap and gets straight to the truth.

Saying “I can’t” and making excuses is pure laziness. Nothing else. If you want something bad enough, you’ll make it happen. It really is as simple as that.

Not enough time in the day? Get up earlier. 

Too much competition? Outwork everyone and be the best.

Don’t have the skills? Learn. 

These are just a number of excuses I hear on a daily basis, and there is genuinely an answer for each of them. If you’re constantly making excuses, you need to reevaluate how badly you want it.

To truly be successful, the fundamentals are to simply work hard and have patience. If you are consistent in your hard work, success will come.