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You’re Going to Suck

  • April 24, 2012 by Corbett Barr
  • 52 Comments

Every creative person, every entrepreneur and everyone who tries something new needs to realize and accept this.

Your work is going to suck in the beginning.

And it’s going to hurt, because you’ll know deep down that you’re capable of doing much better.

This is the main thing that stands between you and your potential.

Failure isn’t fun, but it’s an absolute requirement to growth. In order to grow and become what we’re capable of, we have to fail over and over until we learn and become skillful.

You have to look at making mistakes not as something to be ashamed of, but as a growth opportunity. The sooner you get over the fear of making mistakes, the faster you can grow.

So put aside the ego and start making mistakes.

Invite feedback, and don’t take it personally. Look at your work as an outsider. Use the feedback to make it better, day by day, until it’s as good as you knew you were capable of.

The next time you see someone doing something poorly, try not to feel a sense of superiority. Maybe that person has come to terms with the need to fail in order to grow. Instead, try congratulating her on trying, and on not being afraid.

What’s something you’ve been too afraid of failure to try lately? Admit it in the comments below, then get out there and start trying.

One of The Greatest Times in History

  • April 4, 2012 by Corbett Barr
  • 34 Comments

We are living in one of the greatest times in history.

Never before could you work from anywhere on earth, with people you’ve never met, on projects that can reach the entire world.

Never before could you raise money from hundreds of complete strangers based on a video shot on your cellphone and edited in an afternoon.

Never before could you contribute $25 to the prosperity of a hopeful business owner in an impoverished country halfway around the globe, instantly, from your desk, just because you felt like it.

Never before could you access any knowledge within seconds, start learning something within minutes and find community on any topic, anytime.

Never before was it so easy to fulfill the promise of “you can do anything you put your mind to.”

NEVER before.

There are so many reasons this is one of the greatest times in history.

How are you going to take advantage of this incredible time?

Do You Turn Advantages into Limitations?

  • March 15, 2012 by Corbett Barr
  • 31 Comments

I’ve noticed two kinds of people in this world.

There are people who look at someone else’s success and find inspiration. They use successful examples as a road map, and edit out the parts that don’t apply to their particular situations.

On the other hand, there are people who look for unfair advantages when they hear about someone’s success story. They like to point out connections, money, special talents and other reasons why the success was possible.

More importantly, they point out these advantages to invalidate the success story or serve as excuse why they couldn’t do the same thing.

Do you know the kind of people I’m talking about?

I guess you might call them naysayers.

I call bullshit.

Here’s the deal: every specific success story is different, and you can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak.

Yes, successful people often have advantages. You too probably have certain advantages if you read the story the right way.

Looking for “gotcha” advantages in other people’s stories misses the point. When naysayers point to advantages in an attempt to invalidate someone else’s success, they conveniently ignore the real story.

Naysayers ignore the perseverance and incredible effort the hero in question had to bring to the table. They ignore the obstacles overcome on the journey. The naysayers ignore the self doubt and fear of failure the hero had to go through, just as you or I would have to.

There is so much to learn from every success story, just as there is so much to learn from every failure.

Whether you habitually attempt to discredit others’ successes might tell you something about your own chances of success.

Why should someone else’s advantages be your limitations?

Try focusing on what you do have instead of what you don’t. Look for the similarities in success stories instead of the unfair advantages.

The world has plenty of naysayers. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you like hearing success stories. Thanks for being here.

Don’t Talk Yourself Out of It

  • February 16, 2012 by Corbett Barr
  • 37 Comments

Admit it. There’s something you’ve been thinking about doing.

At first you were 110% committed. Nothing was going to stop you.

You had some doubts, but you decided it was worth doing.

You made plans, got excited about the potential and started taking action.

But then something happened. You encountered some early resistance.

It wasn’t as easy to make progress as you thought, and you couldn’t figure out some of the key components of your plan.

Then a bunch of questions popped in your head. “There are so many unknowns. What about X? And what about Y?” you started thinking.

And then the self doubt crept in.

Once the self doubt kicks in, you’re hanging by a thread.

Now you have a decision to make.

Are you going to talk yourself out of it again this time?

Or, are you going to buck up, believe in yourself and move forward?

How many times will you go through this cycle?

What Are You Working Toward and What’s Holding You Back?

  • February 3, 2012 by Corbett Barr
  • 119 Comments

I want to ask you a very important question today.

What are you working toward, and what’s holding you back?

OK, I guess that’s really two questions.

We all have goals, and we all encounter roadblocks along the way. If you’ve been following the posts here lately, you know that I’m all about motivating you to do something important. I want you to be as awesome as you want to be, and build a business or career doing something you love. And I want to help.

Your answers will help me help you.

These two questions are important for three reasons.

First, admitting in public what you’re working toward and admitting the roadblocks you’re facing is an important step. It shows that this is more than just a thought rattling around your head. It’s a real, live goal worthy of admitting to the world and pursuing.

Second, what you share might help inspire someone else reading this.

Third, I like to check in from time-to-time to find out what you’re up to so I can offer advice and share my experience to better help you reach your goals.

So let’s hear it.

If you have a minute right now, Iā€™d love to know what you’re working toward at the moment.

What are you trying to change about your life? What’s your biggest and most pressing goal? What’s keeping you from achieving that? What are you frustrated by? What makes you think about throwing in the towel sometimes?

Please share in the comments. There is no right answer. Just tell me what you could use the most help with right now.

Need Some Motivation Right Now? Read This IMMEDIATELY

  • January 23, 2012 by Corbett Barr
  • 201 Comments

If you’re in desperate need of some motivation, we’re going to fix that problem, right here, right now.

Prepare yourself.

WARNING: I’m going to swear and yell a little in this post.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

You said you needed motivation. I’m going to do what needs to be done to get your ass in gear. NO EXCUSES.

If this isn’t the kind of motivation you need, leave now. You’ve been warned.

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