We all have the same 24 hours in a day. We all have the same resources to a degree. We all have some access to funding (bank loan or credit card at the very least). We all have the ability to speak with successful folks and pick their brains.
If we all have so much in common, why is it that some of us make it big while others are stuck working some crappy job? The truth is a bit harsh here. Are you ready for it?
Some of us just don’t have the balls to make it.
I’m not trying to throw anyone under the bus here or trying to get you to feel bad about yourself. I’m in the same boat as you. I’m brave, but I’m not as brave as some serial entrepreneurs. We don’t just wake up with the guys to risk everything and take a huge chance.
Why do you need to have balls to make it?
You’re going to have to take on many risks. Sure some of the risks will be “calculated” risks while others will be just plain reckless. The problem with taking risks is that most of us have high anxiety and just don’t have what it takes to be willing to take on those huge risks. You know how it goes, “the bigger the risk, the bigger the potential reward, or failure.” This is what usually scares me off. Do I want to take a huge risk with time and money? Would I rather take the steady job and not worry about the other side?
“The linchpin feels the fear, acknowledges it, then proceeds. I can’t tell you how to do this; I think the answer is different for everyone.” — Seth Godin
What are you going to do to overcome your fear and take on more risks?
You’ll encounter many people that will tell you that the journey is not worth taking. You’ll interact with those that have already failed and have long given up hope in starting a business, getting in shape, or becoming better at dating.
Should you ignore these people? Not totally. You can acknowledge and respect what they say. You don’t have to live by it.
The reason that you need balls to deal with those that are telling you it’s not worth trying is because it’s really easy to give in and make excuses. Why bother trying when someone tells you it’s not possible?
The truth is that those saying something is impossible should shut up and stop bothering those that are doing it.
Failing sucks. Most of us just don’t have the guts to fail over and over again. We would rather be safe and happy. Failure is embarrassing. Who can handle all of that humiliation? Those with balls are not afraid of failing many times and dealing with it. There’s too many people taking the path of least resistance and too few taking the big risks. This is why I feel that not everyone will be as successful as they would like to be. We’re just too afraid of failure.
What are some examples of people with balls?
Mike (owner of this blog). The thing that I respect about Mike is that he’s not afraid of leverage and taking chances. Too many new bloggers are trying to start a new blog from scratch in hopes of building it up to be the next Get Rich Slowly. Mike’s smart (and brave enough) to buy established blogs and leverage their existing platform. Spending money to buy blogs is risky and requires balls because it’s a fairly new strategy. More and more buyers are getting into the game now, but Mike was one of the first ones.
Oh and he has the balls to let me write content on here without editing it!
Adam Baker. I enjoyed his story when he first hit the online world because he sold all of his crap and went to the other side of the world (New Zealand at first, I think?) with his family, while building an online empire. Baker traveled the world for a long time with his wife and daughter, in a world where most people with kids are afraid to even leave home.
There are many more examples of people with balls. These were just the best examples that came to my mind.
Long story short, do I have the balls? Since I’m writing this piece I should probably answer the question. I need to work on this. I’ve been nervous in the past. I’ve always held down some sort of a part-time job. I’ve never gone all in. I’ve never thrown it all on the line to try to reach a goal.
At the end of the day. the thing holding you back could be something as simple as not having the balls to go all out and show fear the middle finger.
Am I making sense or being delusional to you?
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