3 Reasons Why Smart, Hardworking People Don't Become Successful
Posted on April 23rd, 2020

When John D. Rockefeller created the modern day philosophy for work,

This is what he said..

“I don’t want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers”

Now let that sink in for a second..

Is it possible..

That all the things I was ever told that would make me happy..

The big fancy house, the new shiny car, and the diploma that my mom could proudly hang on the fridge and brag to all of her friends about..

Was it all a lie?

Here’s what I mean.

Hi, my name is Mike Vestil..

And I believe that the “American Dream” that was sold to us is complete B.S.

After traveling to over 25 different countries in the past 3 years, seeking the world’s top mentors, and interviewing them on my podcast for the whole world to see the truth behind the lies we were told..

I have found that there are 3 reasons why smart, hardworking people never become successful

Here they are:

REASON 1) They aren’t dreamers, so they default to the dream they were given.

When John Lennon was 5 years old..

His mother would always tell him that happiness was the key to life.

When he went to school, they asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up.

He wrote down "happy"

They told him that he didn't understand the assignment, and he told them that they didn't understand life..

Now what was my dream when I was younger?

Big house, nice car, good job.

Why was that?

Because that was the dream I was told to have..

But when I looked closely at every single person that had that dream..

I realised one thing.

They were all unhappy.

Don't fall into this trap..

Instead, we need to adopt our own definition of success instead of defaulting to the one that was given to us from people that were no smarter than us..

REASON 2) They aren’t risk takers, so they play it safe

Guess where is the most abundant place on earth is?

Dubai? China? Maybe good ol USA?



And LOL no.

The most abundant place in the world is the graveyard..

Because it is here that we find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled..

The books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered..

All because we are too afraid to take that first step..

My problem with being smart and hardworking was that I was always afraid to take risks..

But here is the funny thing about life..

None of us will make it out alive..

So if we are going to fail at something that we don’t enjoy doing, we might as well take a chance on doing what we love..

REASON 3) They fell into the trap of formal education instead of pursuing self education

I find this really weird about myself..

When they told me that I had to pay an obscene amount of dollars to attend a university..

So that maybe one day..

10 years down the road..

I would be happy and successful..

I did not even blink..

But when someone who was living the life that I wanted was willing to mentor me one on one..

I immediately thought,

“Oh too good to be true”

“That would never work for me”

“I don't have enough time"

"I'm not ready yet"

"I don’t want to put all this time into something…only to have it fail”

"I wouldn't even know where to start"

These were the thoughts that haunted my mind when I was spending 8-12 hours every day working as a dental assistant.

Then I realized I was trading all my time away for money that I was never going to have time to spend... makes no sense right?

So while working I found a mentor who taught me how to start blogging and freelancing on the side of what I was already doing..

After months and months of failure... it finally worked! So I grabbed my ukulele..

Left Everything Behind... And Traveled The World..

Here's me in Peru

Here's me swimming with the whale sharks in the Philippines

Here's me chilling with a monkey in Thailand

The more I started traveling.. the more people started asking questions on exactly how I was able to do it..

So I started teaching people exactly what my mentor taught me

And the more results I was able to help get people.. the more people wanted to learn how to start their own side hustle

The secret was picking the right one to get started in

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