How Bad Do You Want It?

How bad do you want it? Just do it running.

That’s commitment

“I’m here to tell you, number one, that most of you say you want to be successful, but you don’t want it bad. You just kinda want it. You don’t want it as much as you want to party.”

“Some of you love sleep more than you love success! If you want to be successful, you’ve got to be willing to give up sleep. How bad do you want it?”

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful”

Some of my favorite quotes by the narrator in the video “How bad do you want it”.

Whatever your bigger goals are in life, what are you willing to do achieve it? Are you willing to make sacrifices? Work when others are sleeping? Eat only ramen noodles? Breakup with a girlfriend/boyfriend who is holding you back?

You may think you want it so bad, but do you really?

Any area of life where you want success isn’t going to happen overnight. If you think it’s going to be easy, this post will be a waste of time for you.

If you’re trying to run your first marathon, or build a thriving business, both will take commitment. There’s no quick fix. No pill. No secret in a $29.95 infomercial at 2am.

In the book The Element, author Ken Robinson recalls a story that put into perspective his level of commitment. After listening to his brother perform in a band one night, Ken complimented the extremely talented keyboard player named Charles.

Then I said that I’d love to be able to play keyboards that well. “No, you wouldn’t,” he responded. Taken aback, I insisted that I really would. “No,” he said. “You mean you like the idea of playing keyboards. If you’d love to play them, you’d be doing it.”

Charles practiced every day for three or four hours in addition to performing. He’d been doing that since he was seven. That’s why he played so well. Suddenly, Ken felt that playing the keyboards that well didn’t seem so appealing.

Liking the idea and being committed are two completely different things.

People who like the idea of blogging, just read about blogging. Committed ones put what they learn into action. The idea of a business sounds good to many. Committed ones live and breath their business. The idea of losing 20 sounds great. The committed ones actually do it.

Are you willing to make sacrifices?

Most people aren’t willing to make sacrifices to get what they want. The successful ones do what the unsuccessful ones aren’t willling to do.

Neil Patel, of Quick Sprout, said he’s so busy with two of his businesses that he uses weekends and holidays to write blog posts. For him, it’s a quiet day to get writing done. It’s not what we think about doing on those days, but it’s what needs to be done sometimes. He stresses the importance of making sacrifices if you want a great blog.

If you had a free day off of work, are you willing to spend that day doing more work? Or would you rather go out shopping?  Are you willing to skip nights out with friends? Would you wake up an hour earlier?

I watched a show about a famous chef reviving a struggling restaurant. The owner liked the idea of having a restaurant. So she opened one.

But the restaurant is a mess. The kitchen service is spotty. The food is bland. The wait staff is lazy. She has no idea how the money is being spent and if it’s helping. She’s put in $500,000 in two years and it’s getting worse.

Do I think she’s really committed? No! If she was, she wouldn’t have let things get to that point.

How does she not know where her money is spent nor where money is being wasted? That’s not running a business. She liked the idea of having a restaurant, but wasn’t committed enough to learn how to run it as a proper business.

Committed ones don’t quit

Those who like the idea of doing something will quit after failing once or twice. They’ll say, “It’s too hard. It’s not meant to be. Oh well I tried.” 

The committed ones don’t stop.

These famous people found success despite failure. These people in their 30’s and 40’s were committed to going for what they wanted despite the long road and setbacks.

A great guy I’ve gotten to know online, Dan Gheesling wasn’t just interested on getting on the reality show, Big Brother. He wanted to so bad.

He first got hooked on Big Brother when he was 16. Though he couldn’t audition for the show until he was 21, he spent the next four years learning as much as he could get cast on the show. He didn’t find much info. It seemed like it was all a big secret. That didn’t stop him from finding what he could.

When he finally turned 21, he submitted his application form along with a video. He got on the show right? Nope.

It took him four long years to finally get on Big Brother. Four years of not giving up. Four years being obsessed with one goal. He took it very seriously. He didn’t just like the idea of being on Big Brother. He was willing to do whatever it took.

He’s got a great free ebook chronicling his journey to get on Big Brother so I won’t give away what happened because it’s hard to believe he didn’t give up despite the crazy journey.

Even if you’re not interested in getting on a reality show, you’ll still enjoy reading his story. It’s really inspring. I planned on reading a few pages before bed, but couldn’t sleep till I finished it! It was like a Hollywood movie.

You can download his free ebook (email opt-in) at How to Get on Reality TV.

What was Dan’s reward after four years of obstacles and failure but never giving up?

He won $500,000 as the winner of Big Brother 10 (video). Congrats!

What do ordinary people do?

They want what others have, but don’t realize how much work is involved. Like the keyboard player told Ken. If he really wanted to play the keyboard that well, he’d be doing it right now. Not just talking about it. Was Ken willing to start putting in hours of practice every day? He realized it took more commitment than he was willing to put in.

If Dan was ordinary, he would have quit after the first time.

People email me all the time asking for advice on getting more readers, more retweets, more comments, etc. I’m more than happy to help them out and give them all my secrets. What happens? The ones I follow up with months later, haven’t done anything I said. In fact, their blog looks exactly the same.

They like what they see, but don’t want to do the work involved.

Average people day dream about what they want. Then there’s an excuse that comes along. If they try, they do so gently, like walking on a frozen pond. They’re so afraid to fail! So if they do, they think “Okay well at least I didn’t waste too much time trying.”

That’s not commitment.

I came to a realization of my own commitment

That’s what got me started on this whole journey. For so many years prior to October 2010, I’ve wanted a popular blog and my own online business. I had tried and failed. When I failed, I gave up. Years passed and hopelessness set it.

Looking bad, I had zero commitment! I loved the idea of it, but I wasn’t willing to do what it took. I was afraid of failing again.

That changed one night after another meaningless and stressful night at work (I wrote more about it in my free ebook. Sign up below).

From that moment, I could either slowly waste my boring life away, or do something about my life. Whatever I did HAD to be better than how my life was.

That commitment has brought me to this point and a whole new attitude on life.

However, last week I’ve had to re-evaluate my commitment to certain goals.

How bad did I want to achieve them? I want it, but my actions weren’t showing that. I was doing what average people would do, which is just thinking about it! I had to be honest with my lack of effort. It sucked. If I wanted it that bad, I needed to show it.

Take a look at yourself

Do you want to be just average or do you want to be extraordinary?

That’s why I wanted to write this post. To encourage you to take a long look at yourself and think if you are really doing enough to achieve your dreams.

Look at your actions. Look at what you’re doing in your free time. Look at the results you’ve been getting. Take a hard look at yourself and be honest.

If it feels too easy, you’re probably not doing enough.

Are you willing to spend four years like Dan Gheesling to realize your dream? Would you continue despite being rejected by 12 publishers? (She’s a billionaire now).

You may think you want it really bad, but are you willing to commit everything you’ve got?

How bad do you want it?


If you found this post inspiring or helpful, please share it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or even Pinterest


Like what you read?
If so, please join to get exclusive weekly inspirational emails, and get a FREE COPY of my eBook, Get a Life That Doesn't Suck. Just enter your name and email below:

Powered by WPSubscribers

89 responses to How Bad Do You Want It?

  1. This is an awesome post, Benny. I especially like the story about Kenny wanting to play the keyboard them changing his mind when he saw what it actually took. I was like that too until I made a real and solid decision to change and do what is required and I’m loving my progress. Keep it up.

    • I’ve had that book for so long, but always remember that little part. Really stuck with me. Glad to hear you’re loving your progress! Keep up the good work as well! Thanks so much for reading it Dwayne!

  2. Great Post!
    Unless you are really ready to make the changes you want, it will not happen. Seems we all have examples of things we would like to be doing, but your right….how bad do we really want it.
    not enough for most of us. I struggle with this every day. This post hit the nail on the head for me… thanks for sharing it

    • Thanks Bruce! I had a wakeup call this week about my progress this year and didn’t think I was doing enough. Hope it does give you that wakeup call you need to get going on your big goals.

  3. Great post Benny. I’m afraid I like sleep too much but sometimes I can’t help it. This will keep me motivated.

    • Hope it will. I bet Jeremy gets up early to workout. He sacrifices sleep for sure.

    • Like me and my mentor use to say. What do you gain when you sleep? I don’t like sleeping at all. If you can reduce the time you do use to sleep. Top is your place

  4. Yes, yes, yes!!!

    If you had a free day off of work, are you willing to spend that day doing more work?

    Due to a police strike followed by Carnaval, I haven’t worked for most of the month of February. Instead I’ve spent hours developing my website (launching in April!)

    People I talk to stare at me open-mouthed when they hear I didn’t party during Carnaval… but building a base for my success is more important – and, for me, more invigorating!

    • Great! Of course people will think you’re crazy by missing out on a huge party. You definitely have the right attitude and love to hear that. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Benny, you’ve done it again: awesome post 😉
    “Liking the idea and being committed are two completely different things.”

    less talk, more do!

    Thanks for the kick!

  6. Awesome post Benny! You writing style rocks and your commitment to the blog and to your readers shines through every word you write. Thanks for keeping us in check and inspired.

    • Thank you for the really nice words Ralph! The check is being mailed right now. LOL! Great new website. Will have to talk to you about that next time on Skype!

  7. This is a great post. It is very inspirational.
    It happens with me all the time that I feel that I need something, but never try to get that thing at my will. I should really follow your tips. All those tips will be very valuable for me.

    Thanks for sharing.


  8. New reader here. This is a great post. Especially liked the video.

  9. I’ve always said there is a lot of power in the word faith. I think if you believe, stay committed and have enough faith in yourself to get up after you have fallen, you can achieve great things. So far I have fallen and got of course but I am willing to dust myself off and try again. This time I would like to be more committed in my work & see what happens. Thanks for the post Benny.

    • Very well said Aaron about believing. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? So no matter what people tell you, you have to believe in yourself first. It’s okay to fall off course, but we get chances to try again. The next time, you’ll know how to do it better, right? Thanks for sharing Aaron!

  10. Hi Benny, long time no see.

    This is absolutely accurate. There are areas where I sacrifice like crazy and go for it, and other areas that could use more attention if they are ever going to take off. I think there’s a ying/yang or and ebb/flow to these things – if you’re going to eat, sleep and breathe it to make it happen, you have to be ready so you don’t burn out. And as you say, you have to 100% “not rest until I get it” to make it happen.

    • Hi Julie! Great to see you again. Thanks for sharing your experience. I like to think we get what we put in. If we put in average effort, we’ll get average results. It’s not just about working hard, but also working smart and doing the important things. Hope you’ve been doing well and great to hear from you again!

  11. Thanks for such a motivating post. Yes, I’m willing to sacrifice and keep going even when I feel I’m not making any progress and getting rejected. There is one area I need to work on that I don’t like doing, but I came up with a plan today. It’s the only thing I don’t enjoy doing for my blogs: backlinking. My plan is to train my mother to do it. She’s retired and wants something to do. 🙂

    • Hi Cathy! I know how backlinking can’t be fun. If you can train your mother to do it, that’s awesome. I was going to suggest to outsource it if it’s in your budget. That way you have more time on the more important things and you can get more done. Hope your plan works out well! Finally, glad to hear you’re still sticking with it even if you’re not making progress and getting rejected. It sounds like you want it really bad. 🙂

  12. Needless to say, I think Dan’s book ROCKS! It’s an inspiration for ANYONE pursuing a goal, not just the goal of getting on reality tv.

    One of the most exciting parts of blogging, in my entrepreneurial opinion, is being able to network with other like-minded folk who are hungry. It’s a rare breed that doesn’t give up; someone who powers through challenge without losing focus.

    This post is an inspiration, and I’m grateful that I get to share war stories with you Benny! Thanks for helping to keep me hungry!

    • I agree! Dan’s story is great for anyone. I just hope people downloaded it! I agree one of the great things about blogging is networking with people who are hungry. It reminds me that I need to keep up. If I was around lazy people, it’d be really easy for me to feel lazy too. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment here. Stay hungry!

  13. you know, this test of “do you want it real bad” has helped me filter out those goals and dreams in my long list. some of them, i just always put aside for other things, so i don’t actually want it that bad. a few things, i would always put on top of the list – those are what i want real bad, and make time for them
    this helps us focus, siphon down to whats important. we want to be extraordinary, but need to pin point what it is that we really really really really want, and go for it. just do it yah!
    Noch Noch

    • Yes yes yes! If we don’t focus on the important goals, we will spend too much time on activities that won’t help us much. Like I’d love to play guitar, but I’m not going to spend an hour a day practicing. I have more important goals. Glad you understand how important that is!

  14. Benny,
    The piano story struck a nerve. I always say i would love to play the guitar or accordion (don’t laugh) but it’s like you said i just like the idea of it.

    I have to say though, i think there is one thing about being commited that has it’s downside. It’s finding balance. I don’t know about you but with my past jobs and even now with my trying to build my business i get over committed and ignore the fun things that make life fun and worth living. I’ve had to step back from my laptop and take breaks to go and live life a little and spend time with the kids.
    Having said that, i think it’s way easier to try to take it easy vs trying to learn to have passion and commitment. So i suppose it could be a blessing in disguise? Not sure if others have this same problem. Do you find you work too hard and need to step back to spend time with loved ones and doing fun things that make life worth living?

    • Annie,

      I definitely find that I do need to step back and have some fun with loved ones. If I didn’t, I think Eleanor would be upset! But since we don’t have kids now, it’s much easier for me to focus my free time on work. If I had kids, I definitely would be spending more time away from the computer. Seeing kids grow up is something that only happens once.

      But at the same time, would you rather work hard for 4 years and then enjoy the next 40? Or take it easy at work for 40 years, and enjoy the next 4? That’s something I read in “The Millionaire Messenger”. I’d rather be the former.

      But there does need to be a balance of course. But someone could still have time for the kids and work, but have to make sacrifices somewhere else. Like waking up earlier, sleeping later, not going out as much with friend, etc.

      It’s definitely easy to take the easy road and cruise through life. That’s why I like to keep in touch with people like you who are hustling and remind me that I need to do the same.

  15. Very true. We have dealt with a string of setbacks and failures over the past 12 months, and the process has been very scary but also very enlightening. Luckily to say our persistence has paid off and we are now moving to Dubai! We started to doubt the old mantra of persistence pays, but it looks like it worked for us, afterall 🙂

    • Wow moving to Dubai! Congrats! Thanks for reinforcing that persistence does pay off. Just went to check out your blog and love your design! So creative. You’ve lived in four countries so far and going to another. Do you think you’ll keep this nomadic lifestyle or will you want to settle in one place down the road? Thanks for your first comment here Holly!

      • Thanks for checking out (and complementing) my blog:-)

        We plan to live in Dubai for about 5 years to have another child there and raise our family while the kiddies are young (Dubai is safe and extremely child-friendly – lots of space and cheap help). We plan to make only one further move after that back to the UK (where my husband’s family live). We don’t want to keep moving around once the kids are in school. London might not have the best weather or very much space, but it has the most opportunity in all of Europe for us (salaries and benefits are good) and property will pretty much always be a safe investment there. Sooooo, we’ll enjoy the sun and exotic lifestyle for a few more years before we “settle down”.

        • Thanks Holly for your reply. I just like hearing what exciting things other people are doing. Sounds like a fun adventure and will be filled with great memories for your whole family. 🙂

  16. You’ve come a long way since you started my friend. Despite my share of ups and downs with this journey, I”ve kept the long term perspective in mind. That might mean it’s going to take a bit longer, but success has no expiration date. I’ve seen plenty of people who want to start blogs, and write books. The problem is that they dabble. That’s why they never progress. Like you I had 3 blogs that didn’t succeed at all.

    • Thanks so much Srini. I’m enjoying the journey and always looking to improve with every post. Too much dabbling is not good. I know you’re having success just focusing on a few big goals. Too often people try to do too much and get nothing done.

  17. My dad used to always ask us kids “How big is your want to”. Which is basically the same thing you’re saying here. Your want to, has to be enough to cause you to take action. Otherwise it’s just a daydream or “someday” fantasy.

    I live most of my life by this philosophy, and I can honestly say, when I REALLY want something I can make it happen. Another quote from my dad “Make a decision, settle with finality, live with the results”. It’s amazing how simple life is, when you just follow this advice.

    • Wow your dad had some great words of wisdom. That’s pretty awesome he passed it to you. I know I’ll be sharing wisdom like this to my kids one day. Thanks for sharing that Carrie!

  18. Hi Benny,
    I know that many of us can relate of your very inspiring story, how I wish I can do it the same way. Life is a matter of fear but it depends on how you handle it, you are a model that posses an attitude that quitting is not the solution in attaining all the greatness….

    • Thanks Natalie. If we don’t have fear in what we are doing, then it’s meaningless to us. Fear only appears when we want to do something real bad. Those who can overcome their fears over and over get rewarded.

    • Thanks so much for your kind words Natalie!

  19. It is definitely true that a fine line separates those of us who only desire success and those who crave it. The latter will do whatever it takes, within reason of course, to achieve their goal. Forsaking sleep, relations, even food sometimes, in the undiluted pursuit of their goals. And usually, those are the people who are consistently successful.


  20. It’s tough to stay completely committed at times. We all are going to fall off the band-wagon of our lives. It’s important to get your bottom over the horse’s and keep on riding. It’s cliche, but I’m from Texas so I’m allowed to use it. 🙂

    Ordinary people don’t know that they have extraordinary gifts. That’s the shameful part. They waste their live energy, so they stay at their level.

    I believe we are masked as ordinary people desperately trying to always break free from that facade. It is with the habits and traits you mention that we can overcome such obstacles.


    • I like your cliches from Texas! Here in Florida, I’ve never heard that so thanks for sharing that. I love how you said that ordinary people don’t know they have extraordinary gifts because it’s so true. Great comment and full of great stuff. Thanks Rachel!

  21. This post had some real punch to it. I do think I’m committed but I did have to take some time off because I wasn’t watching on how to avoid the burned out feeling. Even when I decided to take the break, I had plans for when I would start in again.

    • It’s definitely good to step away. That’s why we all love vacations. It gets use recharged when we do go back to our work. Glad to hear you still were planning though. Thanks for sharing with us!

  22. Dunno why I missed this long enough!

    I read your latest announcement and decided to check other articles to discover that I missed this article.

    This is great man!

    I’m going to use a quote here on my latest epic shit post and refer to you.


  23. Great post, Benny!

    Commitment is the difference between great and mediocre. It’s the difference between learning how to do something and doing it and simply learning a bit about it and giving it a shot.

    Great stories and personal insight you shared here!

  24. Wow! This is a fantastic post. Really hit home about “liking the idea” of something! I must figure out what I REALLY want in life and are committed to getting. Brilliant. Thank you so much 🙂

  25. Hi Benny!
    This is a great post, as always!
    Well a friend of mine talked about that book “the element” and i want to read it. It looks really good. To answer to your question: I want it really bad and i want to be extraordinary. For that, I really do many sacrifices but I don’t give up even if it is hard. Off course I am not considered to be a hero, no at all! But if I compare my self and what I had a year ago and what I have now…it is just white and black. I had much more that i have now….I have an apartment, a salary, the ability to pay activities and hobbies that I love or traveling…I was working much less that I do now..
    What I have now…much less. It is hard but i knew it from the beginning. But I know the destination, and i want really bad that destination. So I keep going 🙂
    Thank you for sharing this post. It is great!

    • I like the book. You should read it. Your life sounds great now! Like you said, it’s black and white just from a year ago. Glad to hear you know the destination! So important to know. I look forward to hearing more of your successes along the way!

  26. This post struck me from my nap. Haha. Seems like I’m floating in the air with a lot of resources and getting lost there! But I’m back here because I can relate more to your story 🙂 Where do you suggest I start? I’m trying to work out my blog’s traffic and soon monetizing. I’ve just fallen into some slumber.

    • What are you goals for your blog? Are you just focusing on building traffic? How are you looking to monetize? Let me know specifically what you’re looking to do and I can try and help. Email me if you’d like.

  27. I’m kind of inspired by your post. I will continue my quest to be successful and will never quit. How should I keep the fire burning for success. Your post really inspires.


  28. I totally love that video/speech and this entire concept and your spin on it, especially when you illustrated the difference between “wanting” something and wanting the “idea” of something.

    Though, to counter your point about how you have to sacrifice everything in your life in order to make that thing that you want happen, sometimes you need that day off to go shopping or you can’t work all night because there are other commitments in your life, like a spouse or family. While the idea may be consuming every waking, breathing moment of your life, sometimes you have to make physical room for other things that are important in life and figure out how it’ll all work together.

    • Hey Laura! Sure I completely understand what you’re saying. There’s got to be time to unwind too. Plus if you have a spouse or family, there needs to be time with them. It’s not worth building a business, but sacrificing your family. I bet so many people do that though. It’s better if there’s a balance.

      I love that video and speech too. The first time I saw it, I never paid attention to the speech, but now it’s my favorite part. Thanks for commenting Laura!

  29. Awesome post, Benny!

    One thing that differentiates your blog from millions of others out there is your posts are inspirational and motivational, they motivate us to take action (you also include real life examples to make it easy for us, readers to get a better understanding of the concept).

    I can definitely relate back to giving up, but now I am more determined (I think). I have been trying hard to getting more traffic to new blog, so far everything is good, but I still feel that I could have done better.

    Thanks for the awesome post:) You definitely got me thinking.

    Jeevan Jacob John

    • Thanks so much! I guess that’s just my natural writing style. I like to find examples when I can to make the point more clear. I’m sure you’re working hard on getting traffic to your website. It’s a marathon and not a sprint, so keep it up!

  30. Youngmoneychina March 6, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Hi benny,

    Just dropping in to tell you a little about how you helped me become ultra committed.

    I have been following your blog since before Christmas and I guess it has been the little push I needed to change my life.

    A month ago now I cashed in my house, sold my cars and decided to move from England to China to take my business to the next level, I can’t begin to tell you how hard it was emotionally to do this but I just had to do it, I couldn’t simple just like the idea of making a real go of my life anymore.

    I am optimistic man, I’m really loving it here and I think there is a real real potential for business but it’s going to be a long road. I am committed though, this has to work for me now so all being well it just might.

    Please drop by my blog and take a look at just wha or posts have driven a young kid from England to do with his life

    Thanks bro, keep living the dream


    • Hey Daniel! Thanks for being a reader since December. I’m glad you left a comment because your story is awesome. I did go look at your blog and love the pics to get a glimpse of life in China. Also I see you’re definitely getting stuff done! China is definitely the place to do business. It’s obviously booming over there. Will definitely spend some time reading about your experience there. Look forward to updates as well!

  31. Hey Benny,

    You’ve pulled off a very sensible topic with great ease and simpler words. It’s powerful enough to warn weaks from wasting any more time, and push those half-way ones to the level of commitment it actually requires. I’m shortly starting my own venture ( and content like this article works like a catalyst I really need.

    On that note, for the readers of this article, I’d strongly recommend reading “Business Lessons for Entrepreneurs: 35 Things I Learned Before The Age of Thirty” by Mark D. Csordos. Throughout reading of this article, it kept reminding of this book – which is equally explicit and simpler to digest. I hope it helps everyone do better.

    Thanks again for jotting down a very inspiring article.

    • Hi Rahul! Thank you for your kind words. Glad to hear this content spoke to you. I’ll have to look at that book you suggested. I’m always looking for good books to read. Thank you for your great comment!

  32. brilliant idea, love your video/speech, yes there`s a huge difference between “wanting” something and wanting the “idea” of something, yet at the time of wanting we dont realise it

  33. Benny,

    Epic post man. Never thought I would be mentioned in one of your posts, thanks so much man, what an honor.

    I like what you say about surrounding yourself around only-hungry people….now if we can just get you in our Mastermind… 😉

    Thanks again Benny – I appreciate the gesture.

    • Thanks Dan! Well I was writing this post and your story popped into my head as a great example. Thanks for coming by to read it and I’m glad to see you got your ebook finished. It seems like you’re getting a ton of interest in it. So happy to see that! Now I just need to find a reality show to audition for so I can apply your advice. 🙂

  34. Okay, so the whole thing was speaking to me, then you had to throw in ‘Would you continue despite being rejected by 12 publishers?’ Okay, okay Benny. I hear ya. I HEAR YOU! I’ll kick it up a notch. (thanks)

  35. This is a awesome post. I may have to read it again. How bad do I want it? I ask myself that everyday. I want it bad! When I’m not with family or at work, I’m constantly thinking of ways to improve my blog. Do I care about driving traffic to my blog? Hell yeah! But they won’t stay if the content is weak. For some reason, I believe I’ll go far with my blog. I just have a feeling.

    I’ve said this once before Benny, but I’m glad I found your site. Each post motivates me in a different, yet needed way.

    I’m here for you guys. I’m totally open to criticism, or bouncing ideas off of each other. I’m sure we can all learn a thing or two from each other.

    • Hey Naeem. Glad this post spoke to you. I do have to remind myself as well when I’m feeling lazy or start feeling unfocused. I wanted to share that with others who needed a kick in the butt like I did. Thanks for being a part of the community here!

  36. I’ve started working so hard cause I need it so bad. I hope my smart work pays at the end. This post has done something spectacular for me and i will always come back here.

    I love you Benny!


  37. Youare absolute right , if they dont want it bad enough they goal will fall by the wayside. The level of wanting is directly relate to the level of persistancy towards achieving the gaol.

  38. Committed people don’t quit! No matter how challenging the situation is, they hold on and keep on moving. That’s the number key to success – never giving up, which is only possible if you are committed.

    Very Inspiring post Benny.

    Spatch Merlin
    More Web Site Traffic Guide

  39. Hi Benny,

    I think i am still in the average class, all what i do is to talk about it and later on keep giving excuses that doesn’t match the topic. I want it really bad. I am gonna work on myself from today and i know one day am going to get to where i am going to.


    • Hi David, you have to stop making excuses. I’m sure you know that though. Excuses just hold us back from doing what we really want.

      • Benny, I know i have to stop and since yesterday i have been working on myself and i know very well that with time things will change for me. Thanks for this post Benny.


  40. thts the first post for me to read here and it’s def not gonna be the last
    I just have to say you are absolutely amazing
    thank you

  41. This is one of the important posts i read throught all my life! *0* Because i’m recognizing myself in this post with what i’m doing today. I started a business since one year by creating jewelries but i noticed that i’m not doing enought to earn a real living with my business. I’m always saying “yes, i want to earn a living from my passion” but when i’m reading the articles of jewelry maker who succeeded in this type of business, i see that they are working really A LOT.
    And when i’m comparing myself to them, i understand why i don’t earn a living yet… Okay, so i just need to work a lot like them. x)
    But it’s hard when you are working on two projects… Because i’m planning to create another business (and yes, i want it really bad) so do you think it’s possible to work on two projects at the same time? Or should i focus on the most important? (Even if i don’t know which is the most important between those two…).

    • Hey Aline, so happy to hear you loved this post! It’s going to be tough juggling two businesses to be honest. You really have to set aside time to do both. There is less time to waste. I think it is possible to do. You can’t waste time doing things that won’t help increase sales. That’s where your #1 focus should be. How to increase sales from the first business. It does take a lot of blood,sweat, and tears to run a profitable business. It is possible though! You really have to think about how bad you want it. Also take a look at what you are doing in your business now that you are just wasting time on. Like checking emails all the time, or updating your website. You can do those still, but your #1 focus should be on how to increase sales.

      Best of luck on both of your businesses! Keep me up to date. 🙂

  42. disqus_1Uez1YW9UX March 26, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Listen to Southern Feather Bands’ song “How Far,” on reverbnation. It will reinforce everything you have said. Dropped drummer and bass player because they didnt have time to practice. Got studio musicians and did best recording ever with Lindsay and myself as the new face of SFB. If you won’t pay the price you don’t get the gold.

Trackbacks and Pingbacks:

  1. Ask the readers: Your best tip to increase productivity - March 19, 2012

    […] what’s going to kick us in the butt to get productive? What’s going to motivate us to find the right combination of what […]

  2. I'll Take Busy over Boring - May 30, 2012

    […] hoping all this hard work pays off in the long run. It’s certainly made me really think how bad do I want it, because I can easily be doing other things, but they won’t have the type of impact I’m […]

  3. 5 False Beliefs that Are Holding You Back - June 25, 2013

    […] Let this be your wake-up call.  Take full control of your life, starting now! […]