No More Excuses: 13 Reasons Why You are Not as Successful as You Should Be

In order to be a successful entrepreneur it is essential to have a mindset of success.  Successful thinking is something that has to be learned over time. It is not only what you think consciously but also what you believe unconsciously. Most importantly, your mindset is the underlying factor of your own personal success. Everyone has the same 24 hours.  It is what you do with that 24 hours that makes a difference in your own personal success.

There is no shortage of advice on how to think positive and to be successful, but sometimes we need to be shaken up a little bit to stop pitying ourselves and take responsibility for our own success.

Find a way to incorporate successful thinking into your everyday life.  You are 100% responsible for your life. Anything else is an excuse, and excuses are lies.  Instead of using excuses, start creating results. Which lies do you believe?  Do you need some tough love to chew on?

Jim Kukral, writer of “Business Around a Lifestyle Volume 2” and business/marketing speaker, wrote these 13 reasons (or excuses) of why you’re not as successful as you should be:


I don’t think there’s an easy way to put this. I have to assume that you’re lazy. Every single successful person works their butts off to get where they are. It’s ok to be lazy. Just admit it. But don’t whine about not being rich and successful, ok?


Only a few people in the world are part of the lucky sperm club. You and me? We gotta work to get what we want. Quit thinking you are owed something. You’re not. Get to work.


You are afraid, plain and simple. Afraid of looking silly. Afraid of what your friends and family will say. Afraid of everything. Look, you’re either going to stop being afraid, or you’re not. Nobody can convince you to stop. Imagine though… what awaits you when you stop with the fear excuses?


You may not realize it, but the people you associate with might be negative [orifices]. They could be soul-sucking beings who don’t want anyone to be successful. Get rid of them, now! Surround yourself with successful people. People you want to be like.

Stop Thinking

How much do you want to bet you have paralysis by analysis? You think way too much about what you could or should do. Doers get what they want, and everyone else gets what they get. Stop analyzing and start doing.

No Goals

You plan nothing. You believe that someway, somehow, everything you always wanted will just magically happen. So you “play it by ear” and wait. You need goals to shoot for. Otherwise, you’re just treading water.


There’s no “they”. There’s no secret group of people that controls your success or failure. You’ve made that up to make you feel better about yourself. The truth is you, and you alone, control your success in life/business/everything. It’s easy to blame “them” though, isn’t it? Weak.

No “X” Factor

You can’t do it because you’re not pretty enough. Or don’t have a strong personality? You don’t have the “X” factor? Wow, what an unbelievably lame excuse. The truth is even jerks, idiots and boring people can be just as successful as anyone else. Your problem is you don’t believe it yet.

Time Waste

You’re a classic time-waster. You spend hours and hours every day working on not-working. You do things that aren’t productive. How are you ever going to get anything done, or reach any goal if you keep wasting time? You’re not. So you might as well give up now if you’re going to keep this path.

Social B.S.

You spend way too much time in social media land.  You waste probably about 50% of your productive hours of the day doing this. The sad part is, you know it, but you can’t stop. So you can’t get anything done that matters.

Think Small

You think way too small. You are constantly looking only a day or a week ahead instead of years ahead. Because of this, you never get anywhere, and you never lead; you always follow.

Don’t Want It

You don’t really want to be successful. Sure, you like to dream about it like everyone else. But in your heart you are afraid of what might happen if you really get it. That’s B.S. fear your brain is feeding you. Success is change, and it feels really, really good. Tell your brain to shut the [foolishness] up.

Don’t Believe

You never believed that it’s possible. Society taught you that only a few “exceptional” people get what they want. Everyone else should just settle. If you really want to believe that, go ahead. The rest of us will be at the front of the line because we believe.

This list is an excerpt from Jim Kukral’s book “Business Around a Lifestyle Volume 2.” Grab your copy by visiting

You Can Be Successful

Success is not for the lucky – it is for those who have prepared and worked hard for the moment when an opportunity arises.  You can be a successful business owner if you learn from your mistakes and don’t let negative thinking interfere with your successful mindset.  Use these 13 excuses of why you’re not as successful as you should be in order to better yourself and to give you the motivation to prove these lies wrong.  Opportunities for success are everywhere, but you must choose to open your eyes to them.  Focus your attention on the opportunities for success that lie ahead rather than the lies that want to pull you down.  Everyone has had someone tell them, “You can’t,” but one of the greatest joys in life is proving those people wrong.

You can be as successful as you choose to be.