“I don’t have the time” is a common excuse people use to opt out of chasing their dreams and it’s bullshit. The truth is that you simply cannot be bothered, and that’s okay as long as you’re being honest with yourself.
Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. Some people have advantages you don’t have and some people have disadvantages you don’t have – that’s life. You can sit around and sulk about your situation, you can continue to make excuses for why you haven’t started working on that business or YouTube channel that you wanted to start, or you can start.
When I was focusing on making music, I spent countless hours dedicating energy to my craft everyday. When I wasn’t actively making music, my waking hours were consumed by music-related activities ranging from learning how to become a better producer to watching interviews from other musicians to get an insight into their process. When I came home from studying music production at university, I put more time into my musical aspirations, but – the truth is – I didn’t want it enough. I wasn’t excited at the thought of performing my music in front of thousands of people. I was half-hearted. Plus I needed to pay my bills and music wasn’t being very helpful so there’s that.
I still enjoy the feeling of making a song from scratch, but my real passions are business, marketing and YouTube. Those passions have kept me alive over the past year in both the metaphorical and the literal sense. I’ve found a path for myself, I’ve found goals that I want to achieve intensely with no half-heartedness at all and I’ve allowed my pursuit of those goals to consume my waking hours now. You need to find that for yourself: something that you’re so passionate about that nothing will stop you from achieving it, something you’re so passionate about that it consumes you.
You can move towards your goals despite all the obstacles in your way. You can dedicate an hour every day to working on your dream – cut out Game Of Thrones or an hour of sleep if need be. You need to understand that it’s going to be uncomfortable, it will likely be hard, but what is your happiness worth to you? Sacrifices will have to be made for you to change your circumstances but rest assured that consistently working hard and smart towards a goal will bring you closer to that goal. Do you know what won’t bring you any closer to your goals? Excuses.
The truth is that you can find a way to do anything if you want it enough. You’ll be surprised at the amount of possibilities and opportunities you can find and recognise when you just show up everyday. I’m not going to lie to you and tell you it will be easy, but it is possible.
People are too consumed with idea of ‘overnight success’ and they want the results of their hard work to be immediate, but the truth is that that is unlikely. You may have to work hard for months or years before you see any return on your investment – that’s just the reality. You can either accept that fact and change your life or accept the life you currently have. It’s easy to get disheartened when you don’t see the results you expect, so expect nothing. You’re entitled to nothing and you deserve nothing. The sooner you realise that, the more successful you will be.
Expectations and disappointment is what leads people to quit their YouTube channels after 3 months when they haven’t managed to get 1000 views on any videos and have under 500 subscribers. You need to be in this for the long haul and start now because you only lose when you quit, or be honest with yourself and just say “I can’t be bothered” and find something you can be bothered to make sacrifices for.
Also published on Medium.