Why You Shouldn’t Settle

I’m done with settling for things I really want. Now I’m doing what it takes to make it happen. Although I make this declaration, not everyone I know is on board and others could care less about accomplishing my dreams or even their dreams.

As Jim Rohn quoted years ago, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” The more and more I focus on my dreams, it’s amazing how many people I have begun to identify as negative or not willing to help, through their actions. I’m not expecting everyone to help with my goals, but don’t make jokes. I’m not expecting you to give me high fives when I share my success, but don’t tell me I can’t do it. I’m also not expecting you to do the work, but don’t complain to me that you hate your life and not willing to make changes on your end to make a difference.

I’m learning we settle from the advice we receive from strangers and even loved ones. Unfortunately, we don’t listen to our own advice. Why is that? Jim Rohn’s quote makes sense. I believe the messages we receive reinforce our fears and keeps us safe from our potential. Every biography I’ve read has given me chills on the hardships we don’t ever hear or read about, but it’s sad because no one was celebrating in their pain while they were suffering.

Their suffering was due to seeking their potential. Our potential is there to make us happy. Since our potential can never be reached, that means we have an endless supply of achievements to accomplish. That’s great news! This means we have a lot to do, but know everyone has to go through this process. In this process, mistakes will occur and success will be made. No one is perfect, so don’t be afraid. Everyone has fallen many times- but they never gave up. They get up.

Our fears are made to protect us, not stop us. When we stop overcoming our fears, we settle. We fail to accept our personal challenges, which are our fears and then we settle. We listen to others on what’s impossible, and then we settle. The price tag stops our ambitions, and then we settle. Don’t settle. Anything is possible. Everyone has obstacles.

I write this because my business is personal. My struggles are for your gain. No strings attached.

Nathan A. Webster, MBA



Author: nathanwebster
From a US Marine to nonprofit executive director, I've been fortunate to do a lot of stuff. My quick history is I’m a brand marketer with a background in social good. In the process of running a small educational nonprofit, I learned the value of storytelling and digital branding. That’s how I got involve in marketing, websites, consulting via my podcast as well, and being an adjunct business professor at the local community college.
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