100 Reasons Why You Will Never Be Great

We all make excuses. We have found it easier to make excuses for why we “can’t” than motivation for why we “can.” Whether starting a new business venture, creating something noteworthy or doing something that’s never been done, we have a tiny voice that critiques us before we even start, so we don’t.

I once heard a story of a father that told his daughter of all the potential things that would happen when she was on a date. He told her if a boy ever puts his hand on your leg, the way to respond. He “programmed” all of the triggers and the appropriate responses. Like second nature, she knew how to respond without thinking. We need to know our responses when that tiny voice starts chopping at our knees.

I’ve developed a list of the top hundred excuses as to why we “don’t.” Maybe it’s right; maybe it’s not. Review this list, add to it, know the voice that is always telling you “no” and prepare yourself to respond to any of these excuses when you hear them. Each and every one of these excuses that hold you back have an inverse reason to move forward…and sometimes it’s as easy as “so what?”

  1. We just went off the fiscal cliff
  2. Taxes are going through the roof
  3. I can’t find a job
  4. Here comes inflation
  5. Banks won’t loan me money
  6. Interest rates are too high
  7. The economy is the worst in history
  8. Healthcare reform is making it impossible
  9. College tuition is going through the roof
  10. My debt is atrocious
  11. I’m too fat
  12. There isn’t enough time
  13. No one will support me
  14. I’m too old
  15. I’m too skinny
  16. The rules won’t allow that
  17. I’m too young
  18. It’s scary
  19. My uncle’s nephew is out of work
  20. People won’t like me
  21. It’s not safe
  22. It’s too big
  23. It’s too small
  24. Someone will laugh at me
  25. I have to plan for the future
  26. There are other people better than me out there
  27. I don’t have a million dollar idea
  28. That’s too risky
  29. Maybe next year
  30. I’m not a detail person
  31. I’m supporting a family
  32. Maybe later
  33. I don’t “know” the right people
  34. My spouse will never go for that
  35. I “have” to do this
  36. I’m terrified of living in a cardboard box
  37. The dog ate my homework
  38. It might be hard
  39. I might be sick
  40. I have insomnia
  41. People make me mad
  42. The Mayans are still right
  43. Have you seen what’s happening in the middle East?
  44. China is going to ruin this country
  45. The glory days of the US are over, the fall is inevitable
  46. I need more analysis
  47. I’m not qualified
  48. My friend is holding my back
  49. I’m too good to do that
  50. I’m too educated to do that
  51. I had a terrible childhood
  52. No one understands me
  53. I have an MBA
  54. Someone else seized the opportunity
  55. I have a law degree
  56. I have ideas, but I don’t have the perfect idea
  57. I made C’s in school
  58. I didn’t finish school
  59. I’m too disorganized
  60. That doesn’t fit in my plan
  61. Statistically, that will fail
  62. I procrastinate
  63. I’m a failure
  64. I’m ugly
  65. Other people do that
  66. I don’t know where to start
  67. How will that ever make money
  68. How will I support my family
  69. That’s too stressful
  70. That will not make my dad proud
  71. It’s not cool
  72. It’s not like everybody else
  73. My dad’s generation didn’t do it that way
  74. I just want something comfortable
  75. That won’t make my mom proud
  76. I’m not worthy of success
  77. I didn’t dream of this when I was a kid
  78. I may have to change my lifestyle
  79. I may have to say “no” to someone
  80. This is probably a whim or indigestion
  81. When I’m honest with myself, I really suck
  82. I’m stuck
  83. What if…
  84. I may not like it
  85. No one believes in me
  86. I cannot change
  87. I compare myself to everyone around me
  88. I’m a thinker, not a doer
  89. I don’t know the rules
  90. I’m ashamed
  91. Following a dream is too risky, you need safe
  92. I’ver never done anything extraordinary
  93. No one in my family is successful
  94. Everyone else in my family is successful
  95. No one loves me
  96. I’m not creative
  97. I’ve always procrastinated, this too will pass
  98. I have ADD
  99. No one is going to listen
  100. There’s no health insurance

Jeremy Floyd

Jeremy Floyd is the President at FUNYL Commerce. Formerly, he was the CEO and President of Lirio, Bluegill Creative, a marketing and communications firm in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition to managing the digital strategies, Floyd was an adjunct professor for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga MBA program teaching digital strategies and social media. Floyd blogs at jeremyfloyd.com and tweets under the name @jfloyd. Jeremy is licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee and holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from MTSU in English and Philosophy.