11 Reasons Why You Will Never Succeed…written by Gary Vurnum
Inside this report you will find out why there are still as
many people struggling through life as there used to be,
despite more and more self-help books being sold than ever
The answer lies, not in the content of the books, or the
quality of the authors, but in the person who reads them.
By their very nature, self-help books can’t give you what
you want. The path to success is completely different for
everybody…so one size never fits all.
Don’t you wonder why 97% of the population will never
So lets get started and find out…
“11 Reasons Why You Will Never Succeed” By Gary Vurnum
REASON #1 – You never act on the information you read in
Reading the latest book by your favourite self-help author
may be interesting, even enlightening, but it is money
wasted if you just read the book, and do nothing else.
It seems that a lot of people want to champion the fact that
they have read “hundreds” of self-help books. For all the
good it has done them, they might as well have read hundreds
You can get something out of every self-help book you read
…if you actually do something with the information rather
than just read it. By their very nature, these books should
be treated as life “User Guides” and dipped into at regular
intervals for inspiration.
If you do read a book from cover-to-cover make sure that you
have made notes about those “Ah ha” moments that you should
have had if the book has lived up to it’s promises.
The best thing of all to do is to summarize the book
yourself…by understanding the information on your own
terms you will be more able to focus on what you can apply
in real life.
REASON # 2 – You can never imagine yourself as a success.
Successful people always have a vision of where they want to
be in the future.
Can you imagine yourself living the life of luxury in Monte
Carlo or on a yacht in the Caribbean?
Didn’t think you could.
Most people (apart from the successful ones) have a vision
of under-achievement. They never believe that they could
possibly be millionaires, or live a life like a famous role
I call this “Oh Well” thinking. You always hear yourself say
“Oh Well…it will never happen for me” or “Oh Well…she’s
luckier than me anyway”.
Think like a winner…and you will become a winner.
Look at the example of one of the greatest boxers of all
time – Muhammad Ali. You probably remember his catchphrase.
The thing was…he even said it when he was starting out and
was plain old Cassius Clay…
“I Am The Greatest”
REASON # 3 – You’d rather watch television that work
on your personal development.
Once you have used time, you cannot get it back. Isn’t it
more important to use it for your development than for
watching the TV?
One of my top 3 all-time quotes comes from my mentor –
Jim Rohn. He says:
“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money,
but you cannot get more time”
I used to spend all weekend reading the thick broadsheet
newspapers – it used to take that long! I realised that I
was wasting days, even weeks, every year reading about
things that had already happened!
What good will that do for my future?
So now…I’m more selective in what I do…and what I read.
I get as much information from quickly glancing through a
newspaper as I did from reading it from cover to cover. I
only watch the TV programmes I really want to watch…and
not just anything that happens to be on.
Use your time wisely.
Did you know that if you got into the office one hour
earlier every working day…you would be producing almost
7 WORKING WEEKS more work in a 48-week year! (See I even
gave you time off for your vacation.)
I got up an extra hour earlier every day so that I could
spend quality time writing my eBook – “The Science of Success”
Once I had got used to it…I didn’t really notice any
Imagine the impact 2 hours less TV every night could have
on your life and your future. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
REASON # 4 – You do not know EXACTLY where
you want to be in five years time.
It’s not good enough to think that you know where you want
I am a firm believer in goal-setting…but I look at it a
little differently. Goals can do more harm than good. If
you look at your life now…could you have predicted where
you would be 5 years ago? I very much doubt it.
Life is complicated. Our priorities can change minute-by-
minute let alone year-by-year. Not reaching your targets
can have such a negative affect on your life. So…
Focus only on THE goal.
Focus on what you really, really want. You almost
certainly won’t know how you will get there…so how will
you be able to plan each step? Instead of looking at what
you need to do…look at what you shouldn’t be doing.
Remove from your life the tasks that don’t help towards
THE goal…and you will free up your time for tasks that
will move you towards it.
When you are moving towards THE goal…strange things
happen. Little things start to go in your favor…
opportunities present themselves when you least expect it.
THE goal begins to come to you as you move towards it…
but it will only move if you do.
I can honestly say that it worked for me. Doors that I had
assumed were closed suddenly began to open up to me as I
was writing my eBook – “The Science of Success”.
REASON # 5 – You think that commuting time should
be spent reading a newspaper or listening to the radio.
If you commute to work, then you should be using your time
more effectively. You could be wasting the equivalent of one
day a week reading newspapers or listening to the radio,
when you could be working on your self-development.
If you want to read a novel…read it in your lunch hour.
This may seem harsh to some people…but you have to educate
yourself if you want to be successful…in whatever you do.
Personal development has a fantastic knock-on effect on the
rest of your life. By looking inward…you affect what is
going on outside in the real world.
– If you are happier…your relationships will be happier.
– If you are focused on your goals…then you will be more
focused at work.
– If you have a positive attitude…then people will become
drawn to you.
This “Law of Attraction” happens subconsciously. It’s one
of the best things about self-development.
Practice a little development often…and it will have an
amazing effect on your life and where it is going.
REASON # 6 – You believe that you should enjoy
life whilst you can.
So you might get run over by a car tomorrow…but the
chances are you won’t.
Thanks to advances in healthcare, you could well be
retired longer than you worked for. Never let your
borrowings grow old with you; pay them off as soon as you
What is the biggest cause of arguments between married
What is the biggest cause of the poor getting poorer and
the rich getting richer? Abuse of money.
Have you noticed that the most addictive substances are
those that have to be replaced again and again?
I would put money firmly in the same category. The
people who want more money the most…go out of their
way to dispose of it and get the thrill as quickly as
Rich and successful people look after their money.
They nurture it, so that it reproduces and grows. Poor
people waste it.
If you spent $3 every working day on a coffee instead
of putting the money towards paying off a credit card
…then you would be almost $6,500 worse off after 5
Just for having a coffee!
I hope that these steps have helped you realise that
it’s the little things that make a difference!
REASON # 7 – You look at what you can buy with
your salary increase – not how much you can save.
I know many people that have homes to die for. The only
problem is that their mortgage is bigger than the house!
The equation is simple – if you increase your borrowings in
line with your salary you will be poor when you retire. If
you increase your savings in line with your salary you will
become rich when you retire. It’s really that simple.
In the classic book “The Richest Man in Babylon”, George S.
Clason wrote that if you saved 10% of your salary every
month…you would become rich. Although the book was written
in the early 20th century…it’s probably more relevant than
Save a proportion of your salary every month…even if it is
only 1%. And make sure that you cannot easily access it. If
you do this…not only will you have some money behind you
…but you will also get into the habit of saving.
Believe me…once you get into that habit…you will get as
much pleasure from saving and investing as you do from
It may seem unbelievable to you…but take my word for it –
REASON # 8 – You believe that you can only make
money if you have money.
If you were to analyse how self-made millionaires made their
fortune, you would undoubtedly find that most of them started
with practically nothing.
With opportunities such as Network Marketing and the Internet
ordinary people have the opportunity to start a business at
very little cost. The degree of effort, and not the amount of
money, separates the rich from the poor.
Why is it that when you look at the Western world there is a
higher proportion of ethnic-minority millionaires than in the
general population? Part of it may be in the difference in
cultures…but the biggest reason is DESIRE.
How many stories do you read year after where millionaires
are interviewed…and they say that they came to America with
only the clothes on their back?
Because they appreciate how lucky they are…and what an
opportunity it is for them…they work…and work…and work.
They work until they become successful. Money doesn’t come
into the equation.
Success is a feeling…it isn’t an amount.
Once you realise that, you will realise that money is just a
part of the overall package.
How do you know that the company you work for will be around
in a year’s time, let alone ten year’s time? If you dread
waking up on a Monday morning…
– Find a different job, or
– Find a way to supplement your income so that you can leave
and do what you would really love to do.
I went against my wife and family and quit my job, despite
having no savings. I quit to do this. It’s what I want to do
with my life. Period.
Two years ago, I was counting the years to I retired at 60
with a full two-thirds pension. So what changed?
I changed…because the world won’t.
I decided that I couldn’t be unhappy for 40+ hours a week
…I decided that I wanted to see my family grow up…I
decided that I wanted to help my wife more with our
I decided to do what I wanted to do…and not what society
expects me to do. That’s why I wrote my eBook –
“The Science of Success”
I had a good career…with a decent salary. But I realised
that we are here to enjoy life…and not to struggle with
life. I have seen enough miserable people who work 70+
hours a week and have a fantastic salary…yet their kids
hardly know them.
It’s your life…and you only get one shot at it.
So you might as well enjoy it!
I hope that this part of the report has shown you
that there are more ways to be a success, other than what
can be measured in monetary terms.
REASON # 10 – You worry what your family and
friends would think about you if you read or listened
to self-development material.
I was always embarrassed about reading self-development
books on the train into work.
That was until I realised who was still going to be on the
same train in five years time, and I knew it wasn’t going to
But…at least I am doing what I want to do.
I take my personal development seriously.
Others may ridicule you…or laugh behind your back…but
they will be the jealous ones when you reach your dream…
and they are still stuck in never-never land!
So the moral of the story is…
Do what you want to do with your life…and not what others
say you should do.
Now I am fulfilling my dream, against all the odds. Many
people I know wish that they could do this…or do that…
but they always somehow find an excuse why they can’t.
Everybody has an interest, hobby, or skill that they could
happily get lost in for a few hours. If you think that you
may not…you are probably not thinking hard enough!
The key to finding out what it is you really love to do is
to ask yourself this question –
“What thing would you happily pay to be able to do?”
If “watch TV” is the answer…you’ll have to try harder!
Sometimes…you may not even realise that you are doing it.
For example…I have a good friend of mine who is a good
talker…he could strike up a conversation with a passer-by
within 2 seconds of meeting them. It’s a talent that comes
naturally to him.
To me…he’s an ideal
– Network marketer
– Real estate agent
Or any number of occupations where “relationshipping” is the
key to getting on and being successful.
If he worked in one of those fields…I am sure that he
would be a success. Instead…he just ‘treads water’ in a
job that pays him well but he gets nothing from it.
All he needs is a job where he gets paid to talk!
Look into how you might be able to make a living from your
talent. Someone, somewhere must make money doing something
similar to what you like to do.
Make sure that if you really want to do something, turn the
‘but’ into a ‘how’ and go for it!