How many times have you heard this?
If someone haven’t achieved success or reached their potential, others love to say that “they just don’t want it enough.” If only they truly cared, they say, they would obviously rise to the top, just like other people did.
Now, sometimes that’s true. I just wrote a blog post on laziness, because it really does hold people back. But often times, the issue isn’t a lack of ambition: it’s a lack of direction.
Check out this excellent comment from a reader on Hacker News:
“I don’t think it’s fair to categorize everyone who lacks an education or job as “lacking ambition”.
Why are we all not millionaire successful entrepreneurs? On this site, I don’t think it’s because we lack ambition. I think it’s more that there’s a path toward success (or technically, several paths), but it’s really easy to step off that path, and most of us have never been there before, don’t have a guide, and only have the fuzziest of maps.
It’s the same with people lower down on the socioeconomic spectrum. Most don’t personally know anyone that has successfully jumped classes; they have no idea what this looks like, or what’s entailed, or if anything they do is on the right track. And so they make very subtle mistakes.
You can see this a lot with the choice of institutions they go to and the fields they study. Popular articles – like the one posted here – simply say “Go to college and you’ll get a job.” So what many poor people do is they go to University of Phoenix and study Sports Medicine or something, and take on $200K of debt to do so.
You and I know this is stupid – but that information never filters down to the people who need it. The mainstream articles just say “Go to college and you’ll get a job”, they never say which college, or what to study, or how to study, or what it feels like when you just don’t understand a concept but need to pass the final to graduate. I can give you a list of a couple dozen top colleges off the top of my head – but that’s because I’ve worked in elite institutions, and I know which schools my coworkers went to, and I have lots of friends in that social circle. For the average person, that list is “Harvard. MIT. Stanford”, and then if they don’t get into one of those, they have no idea what to choose.
It’s really easy to forget just how much we know simply by being part of a community that’s “made it”. Much of this stuff is not obvious at all until you see someone do it, and if everyone you know is in similarly dire straits, you have nobody to teach you.”
Ideas to consider:
- Plenty of us are ready to work harder…we just don’t know where to direct our energy
- It’s not just a matter of knowing the physical steps, either. Many of us have invisible scripts (like “I don’t deserve to be rich”) that paralyze us from using even the knowledge we DO have
- For example, I could give someone the PERFECT steps to take to find a dream job, or earn more. But if they have invisible scripts “filtering” all new information, nothing will work. Their filter will always distort the information they’re receiving
- As I’ve always stressed here, willpower and desire are not sufficient conditions for success. I have plenty of people who claim they’re ready to change…but they never do.
- Instead, we also need systems, structure, and automation to ensure we follow through when willpower fails (which it eventually does)
- Succeeding isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would be successful. But just because something is hard doesn’t mean it also has to be confusing
- No matter what your goal is, someone has achieved it and laid out a step-by-step roadmap covering the major steps
- This is critical. Success can’t be an abstraction — it needs to be a PROCESS
Here’s my 16-step roadmap for earning more – straight from my Earn1K course
A lot of my readers want to earn more money. The problem is that “earning more money” is such an abstract goal that it’s practically impossible to pursue. If you’re serious about doing it (which, since you’re here, I assume you are) then you need more than the DESIRE to earn more.
You need an actual process for doing it. In other words: you don’t need a Christmas list, you need a TO-DO list.
Today, I want to give you a key piece of the puzzle: my 16-step roadmap to earning more, straight from the Earn1K course. This is a 1 page PDF document with a visual roadmap and explanations of the key steps on your quest to earn more.
Instead of joining my Insider’s List, I’m trying something new: I’m going to ask that you tweet about today’s post. Once you do, you’ll get access to the 16-step roadmap that has helped thousands of my students know the roadmap for earning more.
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