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4 Things That Hold People Down

Over the years I have seen many capable people fall by the wayside, not because they didn't have what it took to succeed, but because they were simply unwilling to overcome their "temporary" fears and/or challenges.

Here are four major excuses that often hold people down:


Finding time is about re-prioritization. Are there any activities you would be willing to give up? Is there something you're doing that someone else could just as easily do? Making time to pursue your dream should be made a high priority. When something really matters, you have to make time for it.


There might be a legitimate argument to make when it comes to financing your dream. But look closer before dismissing your dream for this reason. Often there are low-cost solutions that you might have never considered before. Consider how much you actually need. Put costs down on paper.

And remember, even if money is a problem, it doesn't mean it isn't insurmountable. There are often ways to save a little on the side to fund your dreams. Where there's a will, there's a way.


Sometimes your dream can seem unrealistic. You might have high goals with huge obstacles that seem insurmountable. The problem with seeing something as impossible is that people often confuse it with being simply difficult. What you want to do might seem so hard that you don't think that you could ever do it. It's not that it's impossible. It’s that you don't think it's possible for you.

Focus on why you're able to do something, not on why you can't. It gets you off that "impossible mindset" and on to something more constructive.


The unfortunate truth about life is that there is never a perfect time to do anything. There are always conditions, personal situations or environmental factors for not doing it. Of course that doesn't mean you shouldn't do it anyway.

If you wait for all the conditions to be perfect, you will always be waiting. Before you know it, years have gone by and you haven't taken a single step to make it happen. Time goes by quickly when you're waiting for the perfect moment.

Remember, an EXCUSE is nothing but skin of reason, stuffed with a lie. Tell your reasons for not succeeding without using words like, "not, can't, luck, circumstances." And if you're unable to, then it's simply an excuse.

In closing and as I was writing this article I heard this 3 times from 3 different sales "professionals" here's the  FREE TIP. I hear this comment way to many times on the sales floor. "Let me go check (ask, see, etc) with the Manager.  OWN YOUR SPOT IN THIS INDUSTRY. You are a business owner inside your dealership. Learn EVERY process in the dealership, understand the incentives, pricing structure, know the new inventory, etc so that you never have to go "Check with the manager"  I close more deals because I don't have to get up from my desk. If you didn't know or chose not to know. YOUR CUSTOMERS ARE CHECKING 3RD PARTY SITES AND YOUR COMPETITORS SITES WHILE YOU ARE "CHECKING WITH THE MANAGER"

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Think you know all there is to know about Pinterest? Think again. Here are Five things that perhaps you may not know about the Pin-loving social network:

1) Pinterest is the Third Most Popular Social Network

  • Of course, we can classify a website's popularity in many different ways. However, since launching in 2010 and gaining a head full of steam this year, Pinterest has cemented itself as the 3rd most popular social networking site, just behind Facebook & Twitter
  • In March, they received 104 MILLION visitors. (I'll let that sink in.....) 
  • That is immense growth for a site that is barely two years old. 

2) It's not Just Women....

  • Once Pinterest gained traction earlier this year, a narrative grew around the social networking site claiming it was just for women. But, a closer look indicates otherwise. 
  • The percentage breakdown is this 65% women/35% men. While this isn't necessarily a balanced scale, it does indicate that the website isn't just used by one specific gender/group of people. 

3) You're spending more time on Pinterest than...

  • Believe it or not, users are spending more time on Pinterest than they are on Facebook. A recent study found that the average Facebook user spends approximately 12 minutes on Facebook, keeping an eye on what their "Friends" are doing, while Pinterest users are spending 16 minutes on the site.
  • For some perspective, the average YouTube user spends 16.5 minutes. 

4) Silicon Valley?

  • While most tech startups seem to originate in the depths of Silicon Valley and some in New York City, Pinterest started in the Midwest. It goes to show you: a great idea can take you anywhere, regardless of its latitude!

5) Self Promotion is indeed allowed

  • When Pinterest was first unleashed into the virtual world, it was simple: pin a few recipes, a few photos to a board, and interact with others. 
  • However, now the folks over at Pinterest (as of March), have allowed self-promotion for businesses. 

Are you a Pinterest addict? 

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