Want to Make More Money? Stop Making Excuses!

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Make More MoneyOur good friend Shannon, over at Financially Blonde, wrote a post a month or so ago about choices. Shannon was dealing specifically with the correlation between choices related to physical health and fiscal health. That got me thinking about excuses and how it relates to us in the making more money department.

We all make excuses, some more than others. I know that I have been guilty of them in the past. I’ve said if I only had more time, or I would really like to try XYZ but have no idea how to do it or where to start. Those, my friends, are good old fashioned excuses. One of the big problems with excuses is that they hold you back, especially if you believe them to be true. With that in mind, I believe a life that is full of making excuses, on many levels, is one that is going to struggle at growing wealth.

Making More Money Requires Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

I believe one of the main culprits behind making excuses is that we’re comfortable. At least that’s what I’ve found to be true of me. When you’re comfortable you’re less likely to step out and take risks and thus less likely to find opportunity. The catch is, that opportunity is where you’re more likely to find those situations where you can make more money.

I don’t want to speak for Grayson, but I know that when I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone I’ve had considerably more success. It by no means guarantees it, but it definitely increases your chances at finding success. Choosing to step out of your comfort zone can be easier said than done at times, but you’d be surprised at how much taking that first step will help you. If you think otherwise, check out these common excuses we’ve all either used or heard before:

  • I don’t have the time
  • I’d love to do that, but I have no idea how
  • I’m afraid I’ll fail
  • I’m afraid of the competition
  • Now’s not the right time

Other than the last common excuse which could hold water at times, these are all basically veiled attempts at saying you’re too afraid to step out of your comfort zone or to try something new. I know it hurts to hear that, but it’s true. The point is that if making more money is important to you then you’ll find a way to work at it. Whether that being scheduling better and wasting less time or researching your competition so you can see what worked for them and maybe what didn’t.

The Time to Start is Now

As my wife will tell you, I hate wasting time. Very few things get me more worked up than wasting time. By making excuses, you’re not only holding yourself back from making more money but you’re also wasting precious time. Last I checked it usually takes time to make money so the time to start is now.

I know full well that can be a scary proposition, but trust me, starting now is only going to help you in the long run. That can be true of starting to invest in the stock market to learning more about affiliate income for your blog to monetizing a skill for your side hustle.

We all know that it can be a bit on the tenuous side when we step out and try something new or work at different ways to make money. Speaking from personal experience, the sooner you stop making excuses the better you’ll feel and the more success you’ll generally see.


What is one of your “go-to” excuses when it comes to trying something new? Have you ever had times where you wonder why you even made a certain excuse?



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  1. The funny thing for me is that I never made excuses about making more money. I have worked hard since I was 14 and enjoyed the pursuit of money. My excuse was in saving money. But now that I have both goals aligned, I am happy with the results. We do all have to make choices and we can’t be surprised if we are behind in our financial goals if we are not making choices to make and save more money.
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  2. I say to myself sometimes “Don’t people get tired of failing to even try?”. By this I mean, people say that they want something really badly…two years later they are still saying the same thing. That truly annoys me!
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  3. You know how I feel about excuses. If we all waited until we had time and knew everything, I guess we’d be rocking side income from the nursing home because it isn’t probably going to happen anytime soon. I have chosen to pass up opportunities because I don’t want to devote my time to them, but that’s a choice not an excuse.
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  4. John,

    You are spot on with this one. Most of the success books you will read will advise to jump in with both feet before you figure out exactly what you’re doing or where you’re going. Waiting until it feels “comfortable” is doing it wrong. You’ll never get to where you need to be with this type of “wait-and-see” attitude.

  5. I have had excuses come up in my finances as well as my fitness. I have been working hard on throwing these excuses away and staying ahead of them before they take me off of my path to gain financial freedom.

  6. I used to use the “I don’t understand” excuse. I’ve since gotten over it and have found that if I just take a little time to better understand the basics, I will be alright. I’ll never be a master right out of the gate, but as long as I have a solid base for starting, I am good to go.


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