I sound something I posted on social media the other day and it’s been in my head ever since…so I thought I’d expand on what it really meant to me. The post said “Success in 2017 will be about WIT – whatever it takes.”

Wit is defined as understanding, intelligence, sagacity, or astuteness…all of which are key attributes in successful people…but I use “wit” as an acronym for “whatever it takes” and THAT is really what this is about. 

“Whatever it takes” is a phrase that we often use, but rarely ever really mean. Except when you’re talking about the most successful people in the world. It’s the 1%’ers that truly understand “whatever it takes.” They’ve been beaten, broken, lost everything, got up and did it all over again…sometimes, many times over. Why? Because quitting was never an option.

Failure only becomes an option when we introduce it into our lives as one.

If whatever you’re doing right now didn’t work out…what is your plan B?

If you have an answer to that, my suggestion is stop now, and just go do that. If you’ve already got a thought-out “plan B” – all you’re doing is looking for the right excuse to bail on your “plan A” that you didn’t really expect to work out in the first place. If you’ve already put brain power into the idea of quitting and doing something else – save yourself the time and just do that.

If you’re going to truly be successful, you’ve got to be all in on your “Plan A” with no turning back! There is no “Plan B” for the 1%’ers. The most successful people in the world had a dream/vision/goal and put everything they had into that one thing. If it all falls apart, you figure it out and move forward, understanding, if you’re REALLY going to make it you’ve got to give yourself no other option but success. It has to be about wit – you have to be willing to do whatever it takes – there is no other way.

Jump out of the plane with no parachute and have your only chance at landing being your ability to grow wings.

Here’s what I mean: If you’ve got a “Plan B” your focus won’t be on “whatever it takes” for your Plan A – it will be on looking for the right moment to quit. When will enough finally be enough and I’ll just go back to [fill in the blank].

Oh, and don’t give me that crap about “I’m too old,” “I’m too far down the road where I’m at,” “maybe if I had started earlier in life,” or any of the other excuses you’ve got for settling for less than your true potential.

Bill Gates was 19-years old when he founded Microsoft.

Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence at 33.

Jack Nicklaus was 46 when he shot a final round 65 to win the Masters.

Nelson Mandela was released from prison at 71 and 4 years later become president of South Africa.

Ichijirou Araya was 100 when he climbed Mount Fuji.

When you’re 100 years old and climbing a mountain…there is no plan B! Steve Martin picked up the banjo as an adult because, as he put it, “I knew there would come a day when I could say I’ve been playing the banjo for twenty years.” He also has a Grammy now.

If Bill Gates doesn’t take action on his idea – there is no Microsoft today. Without Steve Jobs taking action, I wouldn’t be typing this blog on this computer. Thomas Edison – the light bulb. Jonas Salk – the cure for polio. Karl Benz – the first automobile. Athur Fry – post it notes…you get the idea.

If you’re alive – there’s a reason why. If you’ve got an idea, you have it for a reason. That thought and vision is unique to you and no one else on Earth has that exact idea at this exact moment.  It’s not so that you could end up doing something totally different when it “gets too hard.” Therefore, you’re truly the ONLY person in the universe that can make that happen.

Make 2020 the year you actually go get it. Add your name to the list of people that contributed to the world by taking action on their idea. It’s also safe to say that none of them got it right on the first try…they were committed to doing whatever it takes, and actually did it.