• Let’s face it, you can easily be replaced. You may think you are really good at your job, and maybe you are, but still, the skill set required to do your job well, is not unique, it’s not even rare, it’s actually rather standard on a planet with billions of people.
  • You make very few lives better. If we look at the results of your efforts, we will see that very few people benefit from what you do. You’re hardly a blimp on most people’s radar. If you’re really honest.
  • You’re also not exactly trying to figure out how to be of massive service to lots and lots of people. You’re usually treating every situation with the question: what is in it for ME? Me, me, me…
  • You haven’t figured out a way to make money while you are sleeping
  • Which means that you are basically just selling your time, and you only have 16 hours a day, most of which you can’t even sell, because your concentration, focus, practical demands and willingness don’t allow it
  • You’re not a self-starter, you need external pressure from some authority to make you be productive
  • You were not willing to take a risk and invest your time in developping a good product that can make lots of lives better, you are safely sticking to getting a regular paycheck
  • You are doing what you do not because you want to have lots of positive impact on people, but for status reasons, or because it just covers your expenses. And you have accepted that. You have low standards.
  • You are not particularly brilliant at what you do. Perhaps you’re just above average and if you are brilliant at what you do, then maybe you’re brilliant at being an administrative worker for a multinational that has thousands of fairly brilliant administrative workers who can put in data through an invoicing programme faster than a baby can suck its thumb
  • You have failed to use the internet to broadcast what you do to a large audience, so very few people can use whatever you have to offer
  • You’ve never embraced the logic of seeing money as the value you create. No matter how little money you make, it’s a pure reflection of the impact you’re having. It’s sad, sure. What are you going to do about it?
  • You make only a very limited number of people – or perhaps nobody – feel good about themselves
  • You do something that the government -perhaps out of habit- wants to give you money for, but in the end, it doesn’t make any difference in anybody’s life. That’s why the Rolling Stones are millionaires and somebody who translates a text here and there occasionally for obscure museums makes peanuts or is even routinely asked to work for free
  • You do not focus. You can’t possibly excel at more than one or perhaps , if you’re astonishingly energetic, two core enterprises
  • You don’t even know why you do what you do or what exactly you are offering
  • You say yes to everything because you’re a people pleaser, so your efforts get shredded into a thousand little projects
  • You spend between two and four hours or even more on facebook every day
  • If you’re not on facebook you easily waste 40 hours a week doing nothing that leads to any money
  • You watch way too many series
  • You cling to a field in which there simply isn’t any money
  • You can easily be persuaded to do things for little money or none at all because you are insecure enough to get all enthusiastic about a simple ‘thank you’ from whomever it is that’s exploiting you
  • You cannot deal with being alone. To create you often need to spend a large amount of time alone, just working on your craft in silence. The same is true if you constantly crave attention and want to show your face at receptions to get pats on the back and flaunt your accomplishments in everybody’s face (ow come on, how many people can resist reminding people about their accomplishments? Only the truly accomplished don’t do this)
  • You have the false belief that if you become rich it means some other people need to be poor to make your wealth accumulation possible
  • You talk too much and do too little
  • You don’t listen to people, so you get stuck in your own perspective
  • You may want money, but you never really take the time to really understand how money works
  • You are addicted to social connections and chitchat and gossip
  • You are consuming lots of information that is perfectly useless to you in your every day life. Do you really need to read every detail of the latest sexual harassment scandal or terrorist attack? How does it help you or anybody forward?
  • You confuse your intentions and plans with actually doing something
  • You fool yourself into thinking that you are making a lot of money already, because you love to compare yourself to people who make even less, whereas the reality is that you could be making 5 to 10 times more if you really picked one thing, just one thing, to really perfect and to maximize the impact you’re having