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Eliminate These 4 Words and Instantly Become More Successful


Very few people set out to create a billion dollar business. The founders of Air BnB were simply trying make enough money to pay rent when they stumbled upon a way to completely revolutionize travel. Kevin Plank wanted a more light-weight alternative to a cotton undershirt when he created Under Armour. Sara Blakely wanted comfortable shapewear, and when she couldn’t find it, she made her own and created Spanx. Today they are all multi-billion dollar businesses.

All of these founders faced challenges. However, the common trend amongst their success was their ability to stay focused on their goals, the problems they were solving and that no failure or challenge was too big to conquer. Simply put, the word “can’t,” wasn’t in their vocabulary.

Here are 4 things you would never hear from successful people:

“We can’t compete with them”

David and Goliath is one of the best-known underdog stories of all time, so much so, that Malcolm Gladwell wrote a New York Times Best Selling book with that very same title.

With all of the advances in technology, there has never been a better time for underdogs. Anyone has an opportunity to go head to head with the giants – look at what Uber and Air BnB are doing in their industries. 5 years ago, neither of those companies existed and now both have multi-billion dollar evaluations and have paved the way for the new sharing economy.

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“I’ll never live in a house that big”

I was watching an episode of House Hunters on HGTV this weekend and couldn’t help myself; “$150,000 for a 3,000 square foot lakefront property, we’re moving!” Having a dream house could be easy if I was willing to move to the middle of nowhere, it is merely a matter of perspective.

There are literally thousands of cities across the world that you’re dollar could go 2x, 3x or 10x further, but not everyone is open to relocating. If that’s the case, then you simply need to find a way to earn more. Don’t let excuses stop you from putting a plan together to get a promotion, earn more commission, switch jobs, or even start your own business. All of those are attainable with disciplined action – so is buying that house!

“I couldn’t run a marathon”

At the age of 40, after struggles to climb a flight of stairs, Rich Roll made a drastic change. He didn’t just run a marathon, he did one of the craziest things I have heard; “something (Rich) calls the EPIC5 CHALLENGE – an odyssey that entailed completing 5 ironman-distance triathlons on 5 islands of Hawaii in under a week. Commencing on Kauai, they travelled to Oahu, Molokai and Maui before finishing on the Big Island, following the course of the Ironman World Championships on the Kona coast.”

Read Rich Rolls’ full story here: 

This is the type of mental fortitude that proves anything is possible. Rich could have tried a hip new diet, purchased a Bow Flex, and just settled for the #DadBod. Instead he took on a much larger challenge that resulted in a wildly successful business, a revolutionary diet plan and wrote a best-selling book with his wife. You are not defined by who you are today, you have the opportunity to change if you are willing to create goals, build a plan and follow through – even if that means running 5 Ironmans!

“I’ll never get married”

Ramit Sethi covers this topic better than anyone, and to paraphrase his explanation; “We all have that friend who is just ‘waiting for Mr. Right,” and make excuses to skip out on every opportunity go out on a ‘date’ with a potential fit.” That’s like a fisherman complaining about never catching any fish, but when you ask them what they used for bait they say, “I never cast my line in the water.” It’s rare that a fish jumps in the boat!

Until this person changes their perspective and actually get’s in the game they have little to no chance of achieving their happiness. They do however,  live up to their expectations of “never finding someone.”

Who you are, and how you become are often a result of how you talk about yourself. If you are constantly saying, “I can’t do this,” or “I’ll never be able to,” then that is the future you are setting yourself up for. I believe that everyone is capable of more.

What you can do today to set yourself up to be more successful:

The first step towards becoming the best version of yourself is much easier than you think! For 1 week replace these 4 words with something POSITIVE: can’t, won’t, don’t, and never. 

For each of the above quotes here are some simple and effective alternatives:

  • I’m going to find a way to beat my competition
  • I’m going to buy that house by June of 2020
  • I have signed up to run the nearest Charity marathon in 8 weeks
  • I will go on a new date every week to get more comfortable meeting new people (for business – attend a new networking event or meetup every week)

{Bonus: By assigning a date to these statements it becomes actionable  and will force you to develop a plan}

Time and time again, countless underdogs have emerged victorious! You are that underdog and have every opportunity to create your own definition of success – whether that is buying your dream house, running a marathon or finding the relationship of your dreams – you CAN make it happen.


Doug Foley
Doug Foley is a podcast host, content marketer, and problem solver. He is also the youngest of 7 brothers and sisters, a proud father of 2, and is on a mission to help people find their passion, take action, and build the life they want to live. He frequently writes about entrepreneurship, personal development, and motivation.
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