My name is Thomas and I am currently a full time student in college, attending UAB for business. As a college student and the owner of several business, at only 18 years old, I have learned to rewire my brain to focus on success and nothing but success.
I do not consider myself an entrepreneur. Rather, I consider myself to be an executer – – meaning that when I have an idea I do not complain or make excuses about how hard it is. If I do not understand the concept, I do not sleep until I understand what I am working on. I currently am the CEO/Founder of Young & Successful Co., which is a motivational speaking company. We travel to different conferences proving that no matter your age or your situation – you can be successful – it all starts with you.
I have learned that when it comes to success, it’s all about execution. Plain and simple.
In my opinion, the number one reason why people are not where they want to be financially, physically, or emotionally is simply because the human mind gives you excuses…. and you accept them.
It is much easier to say, “I am sore so I don’t have to go to the gym today” than it is to get up and actually go.
Accepting what the mind tells you can be incredibly self limiting.
The best piece of advice I can give that will help you execute is to cut the crap out of your life.
If you want to stop making excuses and 10x your execution, the solution is pretty simple. Stop watching full seasons of Netflix at a time, stop playing 2K17 for 4 hours in a night and sit down and execute.
You know what you it is have to do, so do it. It is that simple. You need to prioritize your tasks and your success over everything that can get in the way of your dreams.
One quote my father told me when I was in sports still sticks with me today. “Successful people do, what unsuccessful people don’t want to do.” I remind myself of this everyday, especially when I make finding myself making excuses to not execute on my dreams and goals.
Execution is something you need to form in your DNA and make a permanent aspect of your personality.
I am blessed enough to have had this work ethic imbued in me from an early age. To this day, I am so stubborn that if I can’t complete something I will not sleep, eat, or do anything but that task until it gets done.
Mentoring several young people has given me the opportunity to realize that not many people have the ability I do and that I am fortunate in that respect. Teaching people how to execute over “instant pleasure” is no easy task. Motivation only lasts so long, so you have to find the inner drive and passion to go above and beyond the hard times.
One quote I love using with clients and speaking to everyday people might impact you like it has hundreds of others – “I am either going to be successful, or die trying.” – This quote drives an inner fire in me like nothing else has ever done.
When I talk about excuses over execution with my clients, everyone of them seem so fired up to go and knock out there dreams. I usually will follow up the next week and the fire is gone. You have to be able to find out what drives you emotionally and use it to your advantage because anybody telling you execute is entirely different than when you are working for something personally.
So ask yourself this question: what are you working for?
Living life on your own terms?
Not having anyone tell you what you are worth or controlling your schedule?
These are just some things that drive me personally .I was tired of being told what I was worth, not living on my terms, not being truly happy, and this drove a fire in me to execute over excuses.
To do this, you have to say no to excuses.
Excuses are the easiest way to get out of doing anything. You will convince yourself to not do what you need to do and you will follow through with that excuse so much more easily than you will go through with the task at hand. You have to be able to train yourself in self discipline to say “no matter what, I am going to the gym today. I do not care about my feelings.” Deep down you know what is right and you need to find the ability to get over yourself about not feeling great and execute.
The biggest excuse I come across when working with clients or talking to partners is, “I do not have enough time.”
I will bet anything – you can find 30 minutes to go to the gym or find that hour to stay late at work to finish that report. I have studied my clients and in every case, I have found an unaccountable 4 hours on average of wasted time. Most of this includes watching TV or Netflix, playing video games, taking an hour nap even my personal favorite, “I have to get my 8 hours of sleep or I can’t function.”
We all have 24 hours in a day, I have the same as Micheal Jordan, and so do you. I live off of 5 to 6 hours of sleep while running 2 companies and am a full-time college student. Time management is key to execution. I do not have the time or the effort to come up with an excuse not to execute.
I just do, with no questions asked.