The answer: bad mental habits that got birthed in crisis a few years ago. I am beginning to really think that the neural pathways of my brain got fried and then settled into a permanent path that may take years to undo.
So, how do you and I face all this and get moving forward in life? First you have to know who you are and what you aren't. You must acknowledge your failures. So, to put it on the line, I'll start with my short attention span and problem with boredom. I started 2 companies in the past few years and abandoned both within 6 months. During the time that I was creating them, though, they were the only things I could think about. One is called Go Tyke Go! Photo and the other is called Glasswing Agents. The reasons that I abandoned them are too numerous to list, but it's necessary for me to acknowledge that I easily get bored once something has been learned. This also happened to me during college when I was in the final courses of my Japanese Studies. At about the time I was beginning to get comfortable speaking the Japanese language, my interest in it died. This happened to me when I learned how to design websites, mastered Illustrator, HDR, screenprinting graphics, the list goes on. The one thing that has not changed about me in the past 10 years is my enthusiasm to learn new things and share information. So, why is this important? It is crucial for me to understand my psychology so that I can be successful in a financial vein, so that I may continue learning and supporting myself through activities that I enjoy. The one constant through all of this is my YouTube channel which I continue to build even to this day.
Life should not be boring. Life should not be wasted in someone else's dream. Life should not be spent in a cubicle with strangers all around. Life really is an adventure that should not be wasted. So, you can ask yourself too, what are you good at? What do you enjoy doing above other things? What do your failures look like? Why did you fail? What are you bad at? By looking at your life and your skills, and failures squarely, you will improve. It's not going to be easy, though.
I mention James Altucher because he simply is the bomb. He's an idea bomb. He's a wonderful inspiration. He seems sane and insane at the same time. He is smart.