By Kibet Tobias
You probably want to pursue all your dreams.
You are the only one responsible for what you can and cannot do to achieve all you want.
But why do so many fail to achieve their dreams? I’ve observed these 4 little excuses that could be preventing you from conquering your goals and kills your success.
1. I’ll do it tomorrow
Recently I talked to a friend who has been looking for a job for 2 years and I encouraged her to apply for an advertised admin assistant job. I saw the job description and felt she was qualified and maybe she would get the job.
She told me she would apply the following day. Four days later she has not yet applied for the post.
This is what most of us do. What you can do today, you push it to the next day. When tomorrow comes, you push it over. And the cycle continues.
Why do you push your goals further and further away? If you’ve read the job description and you meet the minimum qualifications, then you’re qualified. Apply for that job.
2. I am too young
We have been made to believe that success only comes when you are old enough to own a company, drive a car, be a CEO and so on. This is not true.
Succeeding in your career doesn’t have a minimum age requirement. If you don’t believe me, ask James Mworia.
Just to remind you, at 23 he was an intern and 7 years later he became the CEO of the most successful investment company and now, he is earning Ksh.375.6 million annually.
Isn’t this what we all dream for?
There’s so much we can learn from him. Learn to keep your eye on the prize. Whichever position you are in right now, weigh your priorities against your long-term goals. Embrace new responsibilities and keep working hard.
3. I don’t have a University degree
Just as success doesn’t have a set age requirement, it also doesn’t have an education qualification.
You have probably seen successful Kenyans who didn’t go to university but still, they are so much ahead in the careers.
A good example who always inspires me would be the renowned Kenyan media personality Felix Odiwuor alias Jalas. This guy worked hard in secondary school and managed to get a C+ in KCSE but failed to join college because his family could not raise the required fees.
This didn’t block him from achieving his dreams. After working in the media industry for decades, he is yet to pursue his Bachelor’s degree.
While a degree helps you get your foot in the door, your talents are what matters and what will get you ahead if you learn to embrace them.
You don’t need to dwell on your lack of education and starting from the bottom. Focus on gaining experience and work your way to the top.
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4. I’m not good enough
At some point in life, we all have some fears and worries. And it is normal especially when you are stepping out of your comfort zone to try something new.
You see an advertised position but you are afraid to apply because you think you are not good enough. You are even reluctant to attend the job interview thinking you will fail.
All these are self-doubts that are deterring you from taking risks and getting your dream job. Every time you try and fail, it confirms that you are doing something right.
If you are employed, please believe that it is meant for you and no one else can do it like you. Do your work, provide value and achieve results. If you have done this and you haven’t found your dream job, keep searching; you will finally get it.
Stop telling yourself that you are not good enough. Your dreams are waiting patiently around the corner.
If you find yourself still stuck at the same level longer than you originally expected, the above excuses could be the reason why you are not succeeding. Remember you are the only person capable of achieving your goals. Stays focused on your road and keep going.