Are you a Spectator or an Achiever?

When I work with various coaching clients, I generally notice that they have a tendency to fit into one of 2 categories. They are either Spectators by nature or they are achievers by nature. What do I mean.

Check out the following presentation and then decide which category you fall into. People who read this blog are most likely in the achiever category because they take action. But perhaps you can relate to this discussion. What do you think of this whole spectator vs. achiever discussion?

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17 Responses to Are you a Spectator or an Achiever?

  1. Brad Gosse July 6, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    I know which category I fall under. I speak to my share of spectators every day. People who want but don’t believe they have what it takes.

    GREAT video dude. Your content is really starting to inspire me. More stuff like this!

    • Justin Popovic July 6, 2010 at 9:02 am #

      Thanks for the feedback Brad. I was actually remembering some of the stories you had told me when I created this video. I wanted to film this video to provoke those people who need a push in the right direction. With just a bit of self belief they can move from spectator to achiever!

  2. Ted Payne July 6, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    I think I can sometimes fall into the spectator role in some of my worst moments…but I have been able to keep an achieving mindset the majority of times. I think working with you and brad has helped me in that respect.

    Great video though man. it is content like this that helps people like me settle into that achiever attitude.

    Would you agree the Nets new Russian owner is an Achiever? 🙂

    • Justin Popovic July 6, 2010 at 9:29 am #

      Glad that we have been able to help with that! Just have to look at the long list of awesome sites you have produced to see the achiever in you!
      The Nets owner is definitely an achiever LOL

  3. Anthony Wilkinson July 6, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Great video Justin! Sometimes I do get bogged down as an entrepreneur because the “next steps” towards a goal aren’t always obvious. It’s difficult to try a different approach when you are uncertain of the outcome.

    • Justin Popovic July 6, 2010 at 10:57 am #

      Great to see you again Anthony. I totally understand in fact I am going through that right now. Every day I have to decide between 10 or 20 different actions steps that may or may not advance me to my next goal. I just pick the one that feels the most appropriate and go for it. If it works, do more of it and if it doesn’t work, abandon it.

  4. Robert July 6, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Great video. One of the hardest thing to do is to embrace failure like you mentioned on the video. But practice makes perfect. So the more practice you get from failing and then getting right back up the better you are in dealing with failure which in turn will help you towards achieving your goal. Please keep making these kind of videos. They really help people including me. Thanks.

    • Justin Popovic July 6, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback Robert. I am glad we are on the same page regarding failure. I have had more than my fair share of failures in the past 3 years but I have also advanced further in those 3 years than all of the previous years combined.

      Based on the response so far, I definitely plan to make more videos like this! Cheers

  5. Farouk July 7, 2010 at 3:11 am #

    a friend of mine really needs that video, thanks for posting it Justin

  6. mark July 7, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    I love this video & agree on your analysis. I think your examples are quite good as well. Generally I probably fall into the achiever group, though I have to admit that sometimes I do stay back a bit and wait until I really understand something before jumping in. Perhaps that is because of the level of need I have at a given point in time to accomplish something.

    Very nice about the first step thing – I think that is where many people get stuck.

    Great job Justin! Have a great day!

    • Justin Popovic July 7, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

      Thanks Mark. If I’m being completely honest with myself, I am not in the achievers chair 100% of the time. I sometimes get stuck in indecision and then avoid taking action. I think the key is to be in the habit of taking action and being in the achiever mindset as often as possible. Thanks for your feedback

  7. Bob July 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    I’m not sure if achiever is the right word. If you want to use the analogy then player goes more with spectator than achiever. I can still have a goal, be positive, take action and still fail but that doesn’t necessarily make me an achiever. Still a good post.

    • Justin Popovic July 8, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

      Good point! Semantics I guess. I spent so much time making the presentation flow that I never thought carefully about my wording 🙂 But definitely “player” would have sounded better. Thanks for the feedback

  8. Prasuna August 11, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    Woww…!!!… that really is a great video, it woke up the player in me(if am not wrong LOL…)…Thanks Justin…for d inspirational video…keep going…

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