“Life is too expensive,” “It’s a hopeless scenario out here,” “I will never get out of debt,” “Were it not for my parents I would have done better in this life”. Have you ever found yourself making such utterances? Well, be my guest. Whichever way you look at it, there is always someone who we can all blame for our woes – whether in business or in life in general. But as it turns out, blaming just compounds the problem instead of solving it.
This is how the cycle goes…the hustlers blame the banks for not making loans affordable enough for start-ups. The banks blame the government for collecting too many taxes making it difficult for them to operate profitably. Then the government blames the hustlers and banks for not paying adequate taxes hence inhibiting normal service-delivery. The politicians blame everyone else apart from themselves of course.
Isn’t that how we live on this side of the planet? The cycle of blame is what dominates our lives which is why we have little time to focus on things that actually matter.
The world’s most successful people don’t take excuses. Instead, they create solutions to problems. They don’t spend the whole day complaining on Twitter and expect things to change as if by way of a miracle. Instead, they sit down and create solutions that transform the world. And that’s why we have things like M-Pesa, Virgin Money, Bitcoins, Uber, SmartPhones and even cars around us.
Peasants on the other hand are known to complain. They blame the government for not building enough schools. They expect to be given free things. They operate for most of their lives feeling like someone owes them an apology for their troubles. And that’s why to-date we have slums popping up everywhere, heightened political tension, loss of human values, environmental degradation among other evils that are associated with lack of commitment to change.
Mahatma Gandhi once said – Be the change you want to see in the world. In other words, in order for our lives to change for the better, we should all change our attitude towards life and do less BLAMING and take responsibility.
If you really want to move ahead in life, you must stop feeling like everyone else owes you an apology for your current state of affairs and start committing to bringing solutions. If you are planning to get started in business, stop blaming lack of capital for your woes – just do what you can with what you have. Likewise, if you want to scale-up your business into a medium-sized business – it’s time you stop blaming the government and state of economy and focus on simple, creative solutions that can enhance your growth.