Why Is Success Hard?

You live in a time when it’s easier to access information and gain knowledge than ever before in history. Examples of how businesses succeed and fail are everywhere you look. Entrepreneurial leaders are out in the open to be seen and their habits are easily monitored.

This information is no longer hidden in old books or only passed down from earlier generations.

So why aren’t more people successful?

For generations you’ve been conditioned that success is hard and that you’re missing some critical information needed to succeed. The reality is that you’re not missing anything. You make success hard because if you believe it’s easy then your excuses for not achieving it will no longer be valid.

You put the successful on pedestals. Thinking they have a secret or advantage that you do not. While they succeed, you wait for that one thing you’re “missing” that’s holding you back.

The truth is that they don’t know anything that you do not. They have no special advantage over you. They just have the guts to act despite their ignorance.

There are a LOT of factors that come into play regarding success and what it takes to become successful. But make no mistake about it…success is hard because you make it hard.

There’s more than a million ways to succeed. But you don’t want to accept that. You want to make it hard to justify your struggle. Imagine if for just a week you ignored what you lacked and focused instead on what you’ve got?

Imagine if for just a week you didn’t look at success as a mountain you have to climb but instead as an exciting journey that’s easier than ever before.

What would your business start to look like then?

There’s only one way to find out…

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  • wordsmith42


    So very true, and words I needed to “hear.”


  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    Thanks! I was hoping this message would resonate with people. 

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/georgiacross Georgia Cross

    Thank you, John. Very inspiring!

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    Thanks Georgia! I’m glad it’s hitting home for people. 

  • http://twitter.com/nash_jen Jennifer Nash

    Definitely needed to read this morning, John. I was feeling very down and discouraged and staring at the mountain wondering “how?” Thanks for the mindset shift.

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    I’m so glad the timing was right! Thanks for the comment. Keep moving forward!

  • RoryStern

    John –

    I wish more people talked about business this way.  But then again, I guess it’s another reason why I pay attention to what YOU say and what YOU do, and HOW you do it.

    Thank you for these great words today.  I too needed to hear them.


  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    Rory you are too kind. I’m glad this message was helpful for you. 

  • http://www.stephenmelancon.com/ Stephen Melancon

    Powerful, John! 

    This post represents your straight forward, “kick in the pants” style that keeps me coming back for more. There is no way to mistake your point… that we all just have to take responsibility for our own success! I can see even this week how I created my own obstacles. 

    Thanks for the dose of reality.

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    Thanks Stephen! You nailed it with “take responsibility for our own success”. I couldn’t have said it better myself. 

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    Great points. I have always believed success comes when we make the daily habits to do the things others will not. Looking forward to reading your blog more.

  • http://landatelier.ro/ Alexandru Saru

    Hello John,

    Yes, as you said, we are conditioned to “not to achieve success”. By who are we conditioned ?

    If I try to deeply understand success, I see that it is not some kind of objective projection, which lives in the outer space. The success is inside me. It is me. I have to discover the potential, I have to build my self-esteem, I have to control myself. All these taken properly and they are the sum of my success. All these wasted “properly” and they are the sum of my failure.

    So I ask you, isn’t victimizing such a comfortable defeat?