Peter Bregman wrote an 5 out of 5 stars excellent article about motivation and why it isn’t the problem of people who cannot accomplish. I strongly suggest this is the article that people read to begin 2012 and we will explain on that article as it relates here.
The article Mr. Begman wrote enlightened me about the biggest problem I see around me, especially doing this blog. The truth of the matter is I noticed there are other Dream and Hustle wannabee blogging cats working in full-time mode trying to “motivate” cats with copy/paste clichés, embedding rap hustle videos and just running their mouth day after day. But on a bigger level, we have the same issue in our community with people who keep talking about “motivating” our people for years and our people ain’t making any progress.
Motivation – Proven Failure in Our Community
You cannot “motivate” anybody and in fact, these cats out there can’t even motivate themselves to take positive action, even to improve their own life. For years I wrote this blog on Dream and Hustle and wondered why cats didn’t take anything I wrote to the next step. I was misguided and believed I had to “motivate” my readers more and that was a mistake that these other hustle bloggers are still making thinking they are right when they themselves ain’t accomplishing anything except talking that “motivation” angle over and over again.
The only thing that matter in this game is having the ability to follow through – that is what Peter Bregman stressed in his article and that is the bottom line truth. None of you cats, especially you African-Americans need to be motivated, inspired or educated no more because that is what been tried unsuccessfully in the Black community for the past 125 years is that “motivation” and “inspiration” propaganda crap. The truth is, you cats need to learn how to follow through.
How to Follow Through
To follow through means you commit yourself to taking action. If I’m saying I’m going to create the business model and location wiki for this blog, that mean I’m committed to the actual work that it takes to make it happen. To make it happen, I create the environment which is setting up the software and written checklist on what to do. I have that checklist right on my dinner table so when I sit down, it is right there for me to pick up and proceed to do actual work.
Even though the work appear daunting, I think about the young brothas and sistas out there and that’s who I’m putting in this work for. While that may be hard for some cats to understand, I’m built with love for my younger generation and that’s enough to keep me accountable to them.
Once I get started, in some way I just get into the mode and just do something. The goal is just do something and even if you are not doing it right, that is not what is important. What is important is committing yourself to doing something as once you are actually doing it, your brain will kick in and help you improve the process and make the experience more enjoyable.
Then Something Funny Happen
Once you commit yourself to the actual action, your dopamine get adjusted to the actual work you put in and you start loving it. This is how cats learn to love their hustle of starting a business and how some cats just absolutely love their job because now it makes them excited. The truth is, many African-Americans been conditioned to hate work and even shun having excitement of working. But I remember all the brothas and sistas who for some reason, love towing cars, love driving a taxi, love fixing people air conditioner or working the factory line – that is a positive thing that keeps us living long.
Following Through is the Real Answer
Think about times in your life where you did something like paint a room and an hour into it, you had the radio bumping and you were all into the work. Or you did some volunteer work where you made care packages for soldiers serving overseas or made food baskets to hand out to the needy cats at your church. Even though the work appears tedious and boring for some reason, you were all into it and getting it done because once you got started, that was it. That is the science you need to have with your hustle and goals in 2012.
You should definitely associate and only subscribe to cats who know how to follow through. That is known as walking the walk in slang terms. I remember plenty of times in my life where I had so-called friends who talked about working out at the gym and they gave up and expect me to give up and I eventually cut their ass loose while I stayed on my mission.
I do the same thing with dating, some of these sistas don’t follow through or follow up and I cut their ass loose because I made that mistake of dealing with loser sistas who didn’t want me to follow up on pursing love and happiness. True love is not an emotional or some kind of impression and that’s why a lot of these sistas are single and always getting played by dudes who know how to manipulate. The truth is love is having the ability to follow through and make things happen – that’s real love and don’t let anybody tell you different.
And this Internet thing got a lot of phony cats hiding anonymously because they don’t want to be accountable or follow through and can disappear with ease and no skin off their back. You should already know what’s up with that and unfollow from that kind of garbage as fast as you can. Real talk, why the heck would you give anybody trying to be anonymous towards you the time of day? Don’t deal with cats who ain’t about having accountability and following through.
If you are an entrepreneur, you are going to learn fast to fire cats and dismissed cats who cannot follow through. Because you are going to have to learn to follow through yourself if you going to make it somewhere. So I really suggest reading that article Peter Bregman and commit yourself to a discipline of following through with what you want to do and realize all it takes is to just commit to showing up and start doing it.