Good morning Believe Nation!
My name is Evan Carmichael my one word is believe. I believe that entrepreneurs will solve all the major problems of the world.
And today’s message is make no excuses. Over to you, Jon Taffer.
As a consultant for 30 years, I learned everything there is to learn about success. What you do to be successful. Management, marketing, costs. Everything in my whole life was, this is what you do to be successful, this is what you do to be successful.
Now after 92 bar rescues, I know more about failure than any consultant I’ve ever met. You didn’t even have to sell a drink to make money last night did you? Come here shake your, give away his booze, and leave with your money. There’s a walk to failure, there’s a talk to failure.
You can see it. And I found, because I’ve been exposed to so much failure. ‘Cause remember as a consultant, most people either have money or some level of success if they’re calling you. The people I go to in Bar Rescue can’t afford to buy me lunch.
“When you own your failure, you won’t like it and then you’ll own your success.” – Jon Taffer
I mean they are broke! So, when I take a look at the terrible situation that they’re in and the pressure that I’m under to turn them around, the fact of the matter is the only chance that I have of making them successful, is by making them accountable.
So, in all of these rescues, I’ve found a common denominator of failure. And it’s excuses. So you wake in the morning you’re failing. It’s in the middle of the recession eight years ago so you blame it on the recession. But even in the middle of the recession somebody was making money in your town right? So that excuse is bull.
How about the excuse, I’ll blame the president, blame Greece, the Euro is affecting my income in New York. You can blame everything in the world, you can blame the weather, the president, the mayor, the city, construction, traffic, snow, terrible this, that.
But the fact of the matter is you’re failing because of you. Because in the snow somebody made money, in the cold somebody made money. In the heat. So every excuse is bull. You’re failing because of you. So if you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and blame it on the president, you’ve got no reason to change.
But if you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and say “I am a failure” you’re not going to like it. And now you have to change. So I force them to own failure. I will not allow them to push it off on anything but themselves. And when you own your failure, you won’t like it and then you’ll own your success.
Successful people don’t make excuses. Successful people don’t complain. If you look at whoever you want to look up to, look at the most successful people in the world in any industry, look at the top and look at how much they complain. They don’t complain.
When you complain, when you blame something else, when it’s the governments fault or interest rates fault or the bad economy’s fault, or your partner who screwed you over, or the customers who don’t care. As long as you can blame somebody else right?
The education system, your parents, your friends, your upbringing, there’s always somebody else to blame and when you blame somebody else, when you’re in that mindset, then you never grow. You’re making things easy on yourself. It allows you to coast. It allows you to play life super safe because it’s not your fault that you’re not more successful.
Of course it’s not your fault, that would be difficult. That would be hard. It’s somebody else’s fault so you could just stay where you are because people are holding you back from accomplishing the thing you want to accomplish. Where successful people take responsibility for where they are in life.
And they say, I don’t care about the government, I don’t care who’s president, I don’t care about regulations that you have or things that you’re holding me back on. I will still go out and get mine. And of course there are other factors. Of course the country you come from matters.
Of course education you had and the connections you had growing up. Of course it matters. But so what? You have to play the hand that you were dealt. You have these cards. You have to play those cards and you can have success. One of the things I love looking at, and this is why I do all of these profiles, the successful, famous entrepreneurs.
There is always somebody who has done way more than you have done with way fewer resources than you already have. So no matter what terrible situation that you have, and I’m empathetic.
“Successful people don’t make excuses. Successful people don’t complain.” – Evan Carmichael
Maybe you come from a broken home. Maybe you have a really severe disability that’s physically holding you back from doing some of the things that you want to do. Maybe there’s a lot of pressure on you. Maybe you have some disease. Maybe you have zero money in your bank account.
These are real pressures and I’m empathetic to that. But so what? The longer you believe that those things are going to hold you where you are then they will. There are people who have worse conditions, less money, are in worse situations and they came out of it and accomplished amazing things because they believed that they could.
And that somebody that looks like you has gone on and accomplished big things, then you can too. And it only happens when you accept responsibility for where you are in life. So I could look at my YouTube channel and say “The YouTube algorithm changed, the YouTube algorithm is all over the place now, I can’t figure it out.
Stupid YouTube for changing their algorithm and hurting my videos.” I’m pumped whenever the YouTube algorithm changes. I’m so excited because the people who are ahead of me and the people who are getting all of the videos and all the views? The people who are complaining? I love it.
Change it more cause I’m going to figure it out. I love the process of figuring it out. Whenever there’s chaos, I see opportunity. And that’s what entrepreneurs do. The most important thing that you need as an entrepreneur is not resources, it’s resourcefulness.
So no matter what is thrown at you, and you’re going to get a lot thrown at you. In your life you have already had a lot of stuff thrown at you and guess what, as an entrepreneur, you’re just going to get punched in the face again. It’s going to get worse. You’re going to get more thrown at you. It’s going to be eating more crap for years.
This is the life you signed up for and on the other side is amazingness. So when you accept responsibility for where you are. When you realize that in every situation, no matter how much outside your control you think it is there’s always something that you can do to make your situation better.
When you accept that full responsibility and stop making excuses, that’s when life starts to change. That’s when your business starts to explode. And that’s when you start to see the impact and financial wealth that you want to create for yourself start to happen.
Question of the Day
So the question today is, I’m curious, what has typically been the biggest excuse that you’ve had?
The biggest complaint that you’ve had that you’ve told other people that as of today is over. Leave it in the comments below. Super curious to find out.
I also want to give a quick shout out to Tina. Tina thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book Your One Word and making that calligraphy art. And your one word is love. I really appreciate that and I’m glad you’re enjoying the book.
So thank you guys again for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love and I’ll see you again tomorrow morning for another shot of Entspresso.
Make No Excuses
I don’t believe in excuses. Because the thing about it, when you make an excuse the thing that you have to realize about life, somebody has it 10 times worse than you. And you’re making an excuse because you’re soft man. I’ve never cheated myself.
Ever since I was seven years old and everything that I did, I took pride in what I did and I firmly believe the harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. You see a lot of people don’t understand, if you go through life and you cheat yourself, there is going to come a time when inner certain meets diversity and if you’re not who you are supposed to be and adversity will always introduce you into who you really are.
And if you haven’t been working that hard, if you haven’t been sacrificing. If you haven’t been emptying that bucket. If you haven’t been born an only, then every aspect of your life is going to crush you. Is going to make you give up. Is going to make you stop.
Is going to make you make excuses. But if you work hard, if you’ve got a certain person in you that when you hit adversity and you hit opposition, and you want to make excuses. And that person inside of you is saying “Man you ain’t “built like that. “You know you’re better than that. “You know you’re not like that man.”
You deal with it and you keep going and you embrace it man. That’s what life’s about. That is how people get stronger. People don’t get stronger by you making excuses.
People get stronger by when you go through adversity when you go through trial and tribulation and you look at it and when it hits you in the face you back up a little bit and it hits you again, you back up a little bit, and you step back up and you say “If that’s all you got, you in trouble!”
I was in Johannesburg a little while ago and I went through the airport and I went into the men’s room, or washroom or bathroom, however you want to call it. And so I walked into the men’s room and the first thing I hear is “Welcome to my office.” And this was the janitor at the Johannesburg men’s room.
Who janitorized, or I’ll make up a word, cleaned the men’s, the toilets, like Mozart composed music.
Now that man has no money. That man probably has very little education. That man is judged by the world as having an unimportant job.
And that man is a hero, could be a hero to millions of people. Why, because he actually saw himself as the ambassador to South Africa. And his passion was palpable. And his visceral commitment to doing work at the highest level was like you don’t see even from the CEOs.
And all I’m saying is, even the person with the broken heart, the person who’s down on their knees. Whether they see it or not, they have a choice to rise above their circumstances. And leadership and humanity is a testament to the people who have done it. I mean you look at Mandela, 27 years in imprisonment.
When his son died, he wasn’t allowed to attend the funeral of his own son. He said that was one of the great pains of his life. And what did he do? The victim looks at something like that, torture, and says “I am broken.” And they give up and they close their heart, they close their mind, they close their creativity and they blame the rest of their life on what happened to them.
But Mandela, what he chose to to do, was to use it as an opportunity because actually, the things that break your heart, if you choose, can open your heart. Fear, the world says fear is bad. Fear is only an opportunity for bravery training. And what he did was he used those 27 years of torture to open himself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually to the point where when he was released and became the President of South Africa, he invited his jailers to sit in the front row at his inauguration and he was asked why and he said, “Because if I don’t, I’d still be in prison.”
And that’s a long way of saying but, you know, we do make excuses because we are very good at self-deception. Because if we actually had to face the responsibility of playing with our bigness in the world, we’d have to let go of our addiction to our excuses and leave what’s safe. Am I making sense?
No totally, no you’re totally making sense.
You’d have to leave what’s safe. I mean we are addicted to crisis sometime. It makes no sense. We are addicted to pain.
And we have to actually leave the pain to go out to the possibility of pleasure and joy and greatness. And believe it or not, that frightens us.
So we make these excuses and then we blame people. Oh Joe or Robin, I don’t like the way he looks. He speaks differently but subconsciously, as you’re suggesting, those are just our protective mechanisms to avoid owning the responsibility of our-
What do you feel separates good athletes from the best athletes?
I think it comes back to what I was saying earlier about, I mean I think a lot of it is mental. You know if you want to do something, and you want it that bad, you’ll make sacrifices. And you know growing up for me as a kid, I made a lot of sacrifices that I didn’t see them that they were a big deal and I don’t think of them as being a big deal right now.
You know, there were Saturdays or Fridays where, you know, I’d give up going to a dance or hang out with my friends cause I had workout the next day. But those things that I gave up, you know, were things that I wanted to, to help me get to my goal.
And there were times where I’ve been put in uncomfortable situations but I’ve used my mental power and my mental strength to push through it. I think that’s how you can look at any of the athletes in the world. I mean Tiger, that guy has a busted knee and still comes in and destroys the rest of the field.
You know that’s the thing. It’s like people don’t make excuses. Some of the best athletes or the greatest athletes in the world do things when they’re uncomfortable. You know everybody can compete when they’re feeling good, happy, excited, rested. But it’s the best people who can overcome when they’re tired, sore, not in the great mind. You know, not in the best mindset.
And I think mental power that the greatest athletes have can push all the pain aside. You know like when I was doing that Navy Seals thing was it easy for me to do it, no. Was it easy for me to climb over a 45 foot wall and look down? Not at all and I’m afraid of heights.
But, you know, I said to myself I’m going to do this and no one’s going to stop me. And I think that’s the biggest thing is how strong you can be mentally. I think that really shows who the person is. So I think that’s the one thing that separates the good from the greatest.