When 30% Of 'You'....Make Up Excuses For The Remaining 70%!

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I've been going back to school recently...Doing some online college courses to get a little bit more...Savvy....When it comes to business and online entrepreneurship...

In a recent lecture, one of the professors stated something that I haven't been able to get out of my mind...And of course, I would love to share it with you ;)

They stated...

30% of our 'ceiling' is genetic potential!

So as much as I would love to play in the NBA...I'm not tall enough or athletic enough.

It's genetics.

There is nothing I can do to control that. As much as I would pray, work on my jump shot, eat right, whatever...I am not genetically able to play professional basketball.

Sad right? You don't know how much I would love to dunk on Lebron James....

What's worse...Is when we take those things we have NO control over and let it dictate the remaining 70% of our potential....

Which funny enough....Is under our control.

What we learn, what we read...How much we practice and put in effort towards our goals. The time invested into our dreams....Energy...Strategies.

All these things are what we can control when it comes to our potential.

The professor went on to state, that 40% of our behavior is all habits as well. Which means, almost half of what we do, act and say comes directly from our daily habits. Imagine that....

We live in a world where that 30% that we cannot control, ends up taking charge of our lives. It's crazy to think that this attitude we develop ends up hurting our true potential by forming nasty little habits that determine how we live our lives day to day.

Hey look, I'm not saying people don't go through rough patches...Heck I've been on quite the bumpy ride myself these past few years...But when we focus on what we CAN control, I truly believe that this will get our mindset and attitude focused on...Winning!

One of my favorite authors of all time, John C. Maxwell talks about 'lifting your lid' when it comes to potential. Meaning we set ourselves up for a certain level of achievement because of self-talk and other factors that control how we think of ourselves...We cannot get 'past the lid' that we've placed on top of ourselves. To grow, we need to raise the lid!

Well this lecture taught me, there is so much that we can control and we need to focus on that!

How does this translate into Steem and our journeys here?

Can you control the price of this crypto? Nope! Don't even bother.

Can you control whether or not someone up votes you? Not in the slightest.

But you can...

- Show up everyday!

- Deliver value to your followers

- Engage with people everyday

- Form the habit of self-education

- Network with the right people

These are the things that matter! These are the things that you can control...

Food for thought as you start the work week...We can sit around and complain about we won't have or may never get. Or we can focus on the opportunities in front of us and get fired up for this very bright future.

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Ah the brain. Calls itself the most important organ, and is the worst enemy.
I am starting to believe we all go through battle with the "lid".
One thing I learned is that no matter how hard you tell yourself, you will never know if something is possible or impossible unless you try it yourself.

Wishing you the best ofluck with school, man!


for sure. no better teacher than experience. thanks for the comments man :)

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Engagement brings so much opportunity as it allows you to not only be present but also creating connections that can go further as time passes. Most of those I follow today started with engagements!

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huge discussion i had earlier today in the steem telegram channel about that same thing. engagement and how that is what matters.

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Great advice as always @jongolson, we need to focus and work hard on what we can control, you can not move a mountain, but you can move one rock at a time, and if you just start more people will come and move rocks with you, and before you know it the whole mountain has moved.


plus 1 man. just try to do a little bit more each day. don’t try to make huge changes overnight. massive point man. thanks for that.

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SHOW up everyday on any platform and try to contribute something there to grow of your self with the community is always a great thing to do. 👍

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yup. it’s not what most people wanna hear. but it’s what everyone needs to hear.

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Oh, man... This post hurts... :)

I have a 13yo child that got into puberty a little bit too early and 90% of conversation with him is or denial of something, or excuses... But, that is not so bad thing... I mean, that is normal for "those years"... It is bad when I catch myself doing the same thing with my half-century years on my back... But, that is always the easiest thing to do... make up an excuse...

But, you have nailed it with the topic... You have touch one more important thing in your post and that is FOCUS... It is harder and harder to focus on even simple things today because of every day bombing with stupid/irrelevant information from all around us (TV, news, Internet, neighbours, etc.. :) ) .... and.... those are my EXCUSES.... :D

I had one nice FB cover for few years... let me find it... there you are...


man. the worst thing for me in the world is losing focus. i guard my mind a lot. meaning i stay away from drama and horrible news that is on social media and elsewhere. it’s destroy your productivity

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Thanks for the post, Jon! We do tend to step off course if we don't pay attention, don't we? Our minds are like some devious little things that keep plotting against us if we let them, lol!


our own worst enemy ;)

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The main fact is that if we are really going to the winning path, we surely will face those Crookes and rough paths but if we want to come out winning, we just need to keep focus to where we are living. That only focus will make a huge difference


agreed. and hey it’s not supposed to be smooth sailing. we need some bumps. makes the road that much more of an adventure lol

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LOL... in the future your DNA will tell you what chances you have to get ANY kind of job/activity/wife/pay-grade/etc... Maybe there will be "divergent's" that can fake it and mask the theory...

Just a theory... =)


oh the future will bring lots of change for sure. as for that theory...wasn’t there a hollywood movie that touched on that?

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Hehhe! Probably many... in fact. Cheers

Amen to that. Focus on what we can control, and bust the damn lid off LOL. Going back to school, is that online or you doing in school? would love to take on some blockchain and marketing courses.


yeah it’s just an online gig. i don’t have the time to go to school offline lolol too many kids ha ha ha

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A very interesting post that makes you think very deeply about what we let control our life’s.

We need to grasp what we can control and forget the rest.

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yessir. no point in even stressing about the stuff we can’t control.

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By focus on what we can control we can control things begin to happen. Most people are held back by fear of things beyond their control. If you play into your strength you can achieve great things.

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