(Reading time: 3 – 5 minutes)
Every once in a while, someone distinctly different shows up. Someone like James Richmond, who writes under the moniker The Infopreneur. James is a relative newcomer to the blogging scene, but is already cutting a bright arc. He has more energy than a room full of people! And as it turns out, he’s actually been a little camera shy in the past, something I can relate to (story for a different day). But he’s started doing video. Here’s a little bit of Jame’s story, a guest post he sent over a while back.
Stop Crying and Do It!
Have you ever come across websites that have just given up? Not been updated for weeks? I help everyone I can and will never put someone down for trying, but sometimes tough love is the best love. I have a young family and work a 60 hour full-time job, yet I still have time to chase my dream. If you are lacking motivation and a bit of direction, sometimes all you need is someone to say ‘Stop crying and do it!’
When was the last time you saw a lion feeling sorry for its self? When do animals ever feel sorry for themselves? Human beings are programmed just like animals, but it’s our soft existence that makes us have those doubting feelings. These days we complain if our iPhone isn’t working or our internet provider is slow which means a web page takes just over a second to load, get real!
Cavemen (although I didn’t know any) didn’t have the option of wallowing in self-pity, they hunted and provided for their young, get out of your cave and hunt!
Do you have a dream? You should, everyone should have goals and ambitions. But why do so many fail to achieve them? Why do we look at someone who rows their way across the Pacific Ocean or climbs Mount Everest and think, that person is amazing? It’s because you are making excuses, why you can’t do it. You don’t have the time or you have too many commitments.
I have done a lot in my young life: ultra-marathons, climb mountains, served all over the world, I’m a dad and an InfoPreneur, but I’m still pushing forward and grabbing everything I can. Think about what you have done in the past 5 years. Just think for a second, could you have done more? I have the same commitments everyone else has, but I know, first hand, how short life is. Your life is over in a light switch so get out there and make it your own.
I’m no expert or web guru. I’ve got an IQ of 94 and struggle to read and write. Do I let that stop me producing over a dozen posts a week to my site? No, of course I don’t. When I was a kid I was homeless and the people who called themselves my ‘parents’ weren’t good people, did I let it define me? No, I made it drive me.
Whatever your excuse is for not achieving the things you want for yourself and your family, I can tell you now it’s pathetic. That’s not meant to aggravate you, it’s meant as a real wake up pill. Look at Haiti right now, 150,000 dead. They would give anything to be in your position, get out there and do it.
As I said I’m no expert and to some this post maybe a bit of a hard pill to swallow. If it is, just think about what I’m saying. Yeah I grew up in a bad way, surrounded by drugs, alcohol and abuse, but so what. My upbringing was a walk in the park compared to some, so get on with it and start producing those dreams!