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14 Reasons Why You Should Not Follow Your Dreams (Aspiring Entrepreneurs, Stop Now)

Step one: Quit now. You’re not going to make it.

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BY Nicolas Cole - 15 Aug 2016

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Nine out of ten startups will fail.

50% of new businesses will not make it past 4 years.

You should just stop now. Here's why:

1. You don't have what it takes 

Honestly, you just don't. You don't have the work ethic. You won't be able to handle the stress. You will fail and you won't want to get back up. Just stop now.

2. You don't want it bad enough

You don't want it so bad that you'll go to sleep every night at two in the morning after a full day's work. You don't want it so bad that you'll spend your Friday and Saturday nights working instead of partying or being social. You don't want it so bad that you jump out of the shower, still wet with a new idea. You don't want it that bad.

3. You aren't good enough

You think you're in the top 1% but you're not. You think you're at the top of your game, but you're not. You think you're putting in the work, but you're not. You think you are worthy of living that "dream lifestyle" but you're not. You aren't even close.

4. You talk and talk and talk

Where's the do? Where's the phone-off, email-off, in your apartment by yourself hustle? Where's your "I haven't gone out on a date in three months" game face? Where's your "I can't remember the last time I watched a movie" grind mode? All you do is talk.

5. You think you know

You don't--and that's the problem. You think you've got it all figured out. No more questions to ask. You don't need any help. You know exactly what you're doing. Wrong. You have no idea, and the fact that you're not actively seeking out what else you don't know is a clear sign you should just hang it up.

6. You don't want to hear it

Someone doesn't like your idea? Oh, that's their problem. They just "don't get it." No reason to question your approach, I'm sure.

7. You already know how you're going to spend your money

Because you're going to be a ba-ga-gillionaire, right? Instead of spending every waking moment mastering your craft, you're daydreaming about which Lamborghini you're going to buy. That's a problem.

8. You tout the successes of others as if they are your own

"My dad's brother's best friend? A millionaire. That's going to be me." Uh-huh. I bet.

9. You cling to your last accomplishment for dear life

Because honestly, it's the only thing you have. Sorry to say, but you're only as good as your last performance.

10. You keep saying the words, "One day..." 

No, not one day. Right now. Do it now, or don't do it at all.

11. You worry about what your competition is doing

You worry because you don't believe enough in what it is your building--or worse, you know what your building has a faulty foundation. Because if you did believe in yourself, it wouldn't matter what your competition was doing--you'd find a way to move forward and keep going.

12. You're afraid someone is going to "steal" your idea

Yeah, because you're Leonardo DaVinci, right? How about you go build something first and then start playing hide-and-go-seek with your creative brilliance.

13. You choose instant gratification over delayed gratification

You would rather eat one marshmallow now than eat two marshmallows later. Am I right?

14. You constantly need reassurance

Call your mom. That's what she's there for.

NOW...

Do any of the above piss you off? Do they poke at something inside you that gets mad? Do they light a fire in your belly?

Good.

Realize that doing your own thing in life is not easy--and it's not easy because a lot of people fall into the pitfalls above.

In fact, the reason most people don't even attempt to pursue their dreams or build something of their own is because they either don't believe in themselves enough in the first place, or they get so caught up in the "daydreaming" of "what it's going to be like" that they lack the discipline to put their head down and do the work that needs to happen right now.

If you, or someone you know, wants to build something meaningful in life, read the above list a few times. See how you feel when someone says, "You don't have what it takes."

Well, do you?

Do you have what it takes?

Prove it.