Don’t Wait for Permission to Succeed

I was listening to Bob Proctor tell a story about Ben Hogan and his journey as a professional golfer. If you don’t know the Ben Hogan story, you should check it out. It is unbelievable! You’ll learn more in the video below.

The underlying message in the story is about giving yourself permission to take action in your life. To avoid waiting for validation from others before you go after a dream or inner desire. This is a sensitive issue for many people and I’m very curious to hear your thoughts. Check out the video and then fill in a comment letting me know how this topic has impacted you.


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18 Responses to Don’t Wait for Permission to Succeed

  1. Ted Payne May 21, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    A great topic man!

    This is actually a pretty good lesson for me. My biggest issue is self doubt I think – so videos like these are high value to me.

    The thing is, I bet we would be surprised by some of the people who have these inner doubts about their ability. Is it a natural reaction based on fear maybe? Your example of Ben Hogan is perfect. I am sure he had deep down worries – but he used his conscious mind to stifle those completely. A clear example of “mind over matter”.

    • Justin Popovic May 26, 2010 at 9:09 am #

      Glad you liked it Ted. I don’t think you are alone with the self doubt issue. We all battle it to some degree. In my opinion it is just a matter of conditioning your mind and putting yourself into a state of self belief.

  2. Chris Eh Young May 21, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    I know exactly what you mean. Great message and great story. I’ve also heard Bob Proctor tell it.

    Give yourself permission to play big and then go and do it. I’m right on that edge now. I need to step out, step up, and start doing. Most people will only give you permission to play small so that you don’t outgrow them. Don’t listen to them.

    • Justin Popovic May 26, 2010 at 9:10 am #

      Thanks Chris. Yeah Ben Hogan’s story alone is enough to motivate me for an entire day. There are so many people like him that provide inspiration for all of us to step up and do what we envision for ourselves.

  3. Karen May 22, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Hi Justin,

    Another very inspirational and empowering video. I think we can let others influence us so much, when we should just listen to ourselves and do what we want to do with our own lives. As you say, even if you fall on your face, get back up and learn from your mistakes.

    Very glad that you had the courage to put on that first seminar and that it worked out for you.


  4. jeff kralka May 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    Wow! great video. Very inspiring. There’s nothing better than that feeling of free falling, so to speak. Do it enough times and you’ll see that the only obstacles you have are the negative people we sometimes surround ourselves with.

    • Justin Popovic May 26, 2010 at 9:29 am #

      Very true Jeff. And even if we have negative people around us, we still ultimately decide what we will listen to and what we will ignore. As you said, if you take action often enough, you will overcome any obstacle standing in your way.

  5. Farouk May 27, 2010 at 2:41 am #

    that’s a an inspiring video, post more of this justin
    thank you 🙂

  6. Nabin Shrestha May 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    Thank you Justin for such motivational video! It really helped me clearing my doubts.
    Best regards

    • Justin Popovic May 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

      My pleasure Nabin. Glad you enjoyed it.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Stan Young May 31, 2010 at 5:15 am #

    Hey Justin

    Glad you had the forsight and guts to run that first goal setting seminar otherwise we may never of had the chance to enjoy your thought provoking ideas.
    We are all guility from time to time seeking validation or permission from others to move forward. I have a daily battle with the monkey chatter in my head questioning myself can I be sucessful or do I deserve success.
    It a great story about the golf clubs over the hospital bed it demonstrates once again the power of human spirit. Its interesting his wife in the mist of the horiffic trauma had the forsight to ask that Bob’s golf clubs be gathered up and taken with him. Perhaps she new her man better than anyone else. Quite offten we look for answers else where rather than look to within our selves for the answers.
    Another poweful message about validation and what can happen when one inlists an immense disire to succeed.

    • Justin Popovic May 31, 2010 at 8:39 am #

      Thanks Stan. Yes I love stories like Ben Hogan’s because it demonstrates to everyone just how powerful an idea can be. For me, I use this kind of story to fuel myself in times of self doubt or frustration. It helps me get back on track and feeling confident again.

  8. Shelly Sargent June 3, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    Needed to hear this one just now, Justin! Thanks.

  9. David Carr July 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    I am getting myself back into internet marketing and want to run it as a serious business. My main problem is a fear of failure… Any tips or exercises that you can recommend to help me get through this?

    • Justin Popovic July 9, 2010 at 5:47 am #

      Hey David,

      I guess my first question would be to understand what caused you to leave your business in the first place. I’m guessing it stemmed from some sort of event that you have called a “failure”.

      Next, I would ask you to explain what the EXACT fear is. Fear of failure is probably more deeply routed in the implications of failure. For example, “If my business collapses and I have to shut down, it will be very embarrassing”, or “If my business fails, I will have no money left”. I always like to take any fear to the edge. Keep asking yourself “ok, if that happens, then what happens to me”. Often, the fear is not based on rational thinking but just a quick emotional reaction to something not going the way we wanted it to go. Once we start rationally asking ourselves “what is the worst thing that can happen”, it often sheds light on the real implications which usually aren’t all that bad 🙂

      I would also need to know way more about your situation before I made any other recommendations but my gut tells me you SHOULD get your business going again (even just part time on the side for now) because you may be left wondering “what could have been?” if you don’t try again.

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