You’ve heard it said that you can’t be in two places at the same time. What I want you to realize is that you can be in two times at the same place. While this may sound like nothing more than LSD-inspired wordplay, there is an important lesson to be learned from this strange perspective.
We’ll start off with not being able to be in two places at the same time. The last time someone told me this, she was a self-labeled “strong, independent, working mom.” In other words, she was trying to sell herself as super-woman. When asked how she split her attention between a child and a career, I was assured that today’s modern woman could do anything, including bending spoons, walking on water, and shitting ice cream for her lover. Here’s the problem: anytime someone told her that she wasn’t covering her responsibilities, she would say, “I can’t be in two places at the same time.” Yup, she would blame the scientific laws of physics for her inability to get shit done.
If her boss yelled at her for being late, she would say, “My child’s doctor’s appointment ran longer than expected, and I can’t be in two places at the same time.” As if it’s not her fault because the laws of physics are working against her.
If her child’s daycare yelled at her for picking her child up late, she would say, “My meeting ran longer than expected, and I can’t be in two places at the same time.” Yup, it’s not her fault because the laws of physics are working against her.
What confuses me about people like this is that if they understand they can’t be in two places at the same time, why do they keep trying to live like they can? Her boss doesn’t care about her personal life. It’s get your job done or get fired. Her child doesn’t care about why mommy is a stranger. Hell, at this point the child is starting to wonder if maybe the maid is mommy.
Let me put a sharper point on this. If you tell Stacey that you will meet her at 2:00 at the mall and you tell Becky that you will meet her at 2:05 at the lake, at least one of these isn’t going to happen. You’re retarded if you somehow think that being with Stacey frees you from your commitment to Becky. Test this theory out sometime. Ask a girl out on a date. Stand her up. Call her the next day to explain that you couldn’t meet up with her because you were with another girl and you just can’t be in two places at the same time. You let me know how that works out for you.
Unfortunately, new entrepreneurs are even worse at this game, especially if their current monthly income is below the Federal Poverty Level. They are desperate. This desperation tends to result in them fishing for any way to make a dollar. So they tend to exaggerate about what they can do and how fast they can get it done. This then results in a deposit payment for them now, and, sadly for their partners or clients, the timeline for deliverables stretches out to the point of “probably never going to happen.” Then what? You guessed it! “I can’t be in two places at the same time.” The laws of physics strike again.
Smart people do not blame their failures on an inability to be in two places at the same time. Success knows nothing of excuses.
Let’s say that you want to learn how to play the piano. You cannot be learning to play the piano and watching TV at the same time. You are either doing one or the other. What are you doing right now? If you tell me that you’re watching TV but you want to learn how to play the piano, I call bullshit. If you wanted to learn how to play the piano, you would be doing that right now. Since you’re watching TV right now, we know that’s what you’re interested in. You don’t get any credit for saying that you want to learn how to play the piano while you’re sat watching TV. The fact is I’d be more impressed if you were just honest and said that you’re going to get stoned and watch cartoons all day. Why? Because at least then you are accomplishing your goal of “get high and do nothing,” rather than telling us you were going to cure cancer but then something came up.
You’re not going to get very far in life if every time responsibility starts to creep up on you, you pretend to get a text message and run off saying, “Oh, I gotta go… My grandmother is on fire and I can’t be in two places at the same time.”
It’s called practice. It’s called hard work. It’s called earning it. And it comes from being in two times at the same place.
If you’re going to tell me that you’re working on becoming a professional painter, I’m going to ask you, “Are you holding a paint brush right now? Will you be holding that paint brush tomorrow?”
That’s being in two times at the same place. Those times are the now and the future.
That place is in front of a canvas while holding a brush. And you just keep on painting until something magical happens.
So, you can either fail and, after the fact, blame the laws of physics. Or you can realize that success is going to require a whole lot of practice, hard work, and earning it.
Time and time again, you must relentlessly go back to the same place.
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