If only...

I hear variations of this from various people hoping to get something started:

“If only X could happen, then I would do Y.”

But none of the people I know who actually have successfully started something use this line of thought…100% of the time they flip the ‘if only’ to 'only if’:

“Only if I do X will Y become possible.”

I believe a very large part of success is simply forcing your vision into being through real action.

Success isn’t going to seek you out. Hope, wishing, and waiting for the perfect situation to play out first aren’t going to cut it.

So stop thinking about what you need from the outside to achieve success and start figuring out what you can do on your own to get it all jumpstarted.

You have to lead long before anyone will start to follow…

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This is the personal blog of Kevin Marshall (a.k.a Falicon) where he often digs into side projects he's working on for digdownlabs.com and other random thoughts he's got on his mind.

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