Why you can’t accomplish everything, only something

Starting a business is challenging, but the challenge is even greater when you’re young. Little no work-experience, life-experience or business experience you’re in for a real treat. You’re also somewhat looked down upon by the older guys who sit with the money you want, perhaps not without reason though. There has been some really successful young people in the past decade and we may be fooled into thinking that everyone can accomplish everything.

I’m going to be a tad pessimistic now

Contrary to what your mom and dad may have taught you, you can’t do everything. I get a lot of crap for saying that, but here’s why I do so. Yes you can go from singing like a dying animal to singing well. Can you become as good as Michael Jackson? Well I wouldn’t even know, because I’m still at the dying animal stage of my singing career. Thing is, if I wanted to learn to sing.. I would have to invest so much time into it. We’re not talking tens of hours, not hundreds, more like thousands of hours and you know what? I don’t think neither you nor I will do that any time soon. If you do though, let me know!

You see, when everyone says that everything is possible, they leave out one crucial little thing; the time it takes to accomplish that goal. You want to learn to sing, but can’t? Have fun spending the next 10 years learning it. Want to become an astronaut? Well you’re going to have to spend a lot of years with your face down in books studying shit that I couldn’t possibly understand. You want to become great? Then get ready to invest the time!

Perhaps you don’t have the willpower and the time to become the best in everything, maybe you won’t be a world class singer, run your business and be an astronaut as well. But you can be one of those things if you work fucking hard. That’s what I did.

Want to know why and how I started my own business? I put in the work. We’re talking the 10 hour days, 7 days a week learning economy, business, investing, public speaking and so much more. I invested all my time into it.

But here’s the bottom line. You can’t do everything, because you don’t truly want to do everything. When your mom told you that you’re special and can do whatever you want, she never told you about the time needed to do it. She didn’t talk about the shit you go through on the path to the end result you seek. No one told you about the 7 day work days, not eating Sunday dinners with your family for months on end and prioritising work over holidays time after time after time. If you want to become great in something you need to put in the work AND YOU DON’T IF YOU DON’T LOVE IT.

It’s perfectly fine to pursue something only to realise it’s not for you. That being said, if you don’t love the grind you won’t get the end result no matter what. If you want to create a business you better enjoy putting in the work, day in day out. This goes for everything.

You know why you can’t accomplish everything? Because you don’t truly don’t want it and you don’t have the motivation to put in the bonebreaking hours, day in and day out in everything.

Leaders Are Readers, SO READ!

When I was young I used to love to read. It was my way of getting away from the world I suppose. However when I started becoming a teenager I stopped. I stopped reading for my homework, I stopped reading literature and I didn’t touch it for years.

It wasn’t until 2 years ago that a quote made me change my ways and it is the following:

“Not all readers are readers, but all leaders are readers”

– Harry Truman

And it was this that made me actually start picking up books again. It was the thought that I wanted to become a leader. Not for the money, not for the power I would have over people, not the corner office with a few nor having the ability to push work on my “subjects”. I wanted to create a work environment that meant something to people. Where the boss wasn’t an asshole (me in this case) and the productivity of the employees was high, though not due to fear of being fired, but out of desire. The desire of actually contributing to a cause worth working for. The desire to help the fellow co-workers out of love, not steal credit from them to impress me. I also wanted an idea-meritocracy. I didn’t want to envision a meeting where I come in and say what the problem is and bring the solution. I wanted my employees, my co-workers, to tell me what they thought was wrong and their take on the solution. My job wouldn’t be to nod yes or shake my head to say no. My job would be to listen them talk about the issues we’re facing and at most ask clarifying questions. I would never dream to know everything. I am a flawed human being who needs help and I needed to create an environment where help was cherished.

I give a lot of credit to my success from reading. The ability to obtain a lifetime of knowledge from the most intelligent people that has ever lived on this planet in a matter of hours is undervalued. I can read about what made Ray Dalio the worlds most successful hedgefond manager after creating Bridgewater. I can read about the mistakes he did, the mistakes he had to suffer through, in a few pages. How amazing is that? I can read about Grant Cardones struggles, success and ultimately what made him a millionaire, in a day. We have the ability to prosper without falling in every pitfall. So many people have fallen through them already and have written about how they ended up there, what they did down there are ultimately what made them climb out. All of this could be the difference between success and failure. A leader is a true never-ending learner and the best way I know of to learn, is to read.