You don’t need permission

Time and time again, someone will explain one of their lifelong dreams to me, then casually dismiss it as “unrealistic” or “way too hard.”

Musicians want to play sold-out arenas… but none of the record labels are interested.

Americans want to write books… but publishing companies probably wouldn’t accept their work.

Actors want to star in Hollywood films… but they can’t catch a break from the studios.

College graduates want to start their own companies… but they can’t get enough capital from investors.

Do you see the problem?  All of these people are making excuses because they think they need permission from somebody to accomplish their goals. It’s nonsense.  The internet has cut out the middleman in so many industries that anyone who works hard and puts out good content now has a legitimate shot.

You don’t need record labels.  You don’t need publishers.  You don’t need studios.  You don’t need $100,000.

You don’t need permission.

You can give your music to the world, for free.  You can publish your book, for free.  You can prove your talent on Youtube, for free.  And you can test to see if your business model will work, for free or at a negligible cost (certainly less than $100k).

The truth of the matter is: most people want to have the middleman.  They want to be dubbed a genius by someone official, then lavishly rewarded.  But that is a fantasy.  The people who actually live to see that moment worked their ass off to get there.  And most people are lazy, so only a few will ever experience any glory.

The internet is not only more powerful than all of the antiquated middlemen, it’s also more fair.  You no longer need to rely on knowing the right people or sliming your way to the top.  You can just fundamentally outwork everyone, constantly improve your content, and win.

Take advantage of that knowledge before more people start to figure this stuff out.

Comments

  1. moscowfrostbite says

    That is a very true point… i do agree, it’s the lazyness in us that makes most of us depend on the middle man… if we don’t succeed, we blame the middle man because it is easier and more convenient. If we fail on the internet, it is all of a sudden fully our fault… it makes us feel better that someone else might be to blame…pretty sad i know…

  2. says

    Great post Charlie.

    I’ve come across a lot of people like you’ve described. I used to be like this until I found something I really love doing, started doing it, and continue to do it almost daily.

    What bothers me most about people like this is they’ll keep coming up with excuses. If you can convince them that they can be discovered on the internet without middlemen, they’ll say something else like “I’m not as good of a (dream action) as (famous person doing it)”. Guess what? That famous person started in very similar circumstances as they did, and worked their way up.

    I used to try to convince some friends/acquaintances that they can accomplish their “crazy” goal, but after a while I noticed that they start to resent me if I keep trying to convince them into pursuing their dreams…

    Have you ever had any success in motivating someone to follow their path? If so, how’d you go about it. There’s a few people I want to help…

  3. says

    Excellent post. I don’t know how many times I hear from friends, in classes, etc, these exact things. “I want to do X, but that will never happen because Y.” It’s saddening, but great at the same time. That just means there’s more opportunity out there for the people who are willing to work hard to accomplish their goals.

    You’ve had a lot of great posts lately. Keep it up.

  4. says

    Thanks everybody.

    What Ben said is very true. Every genius starts out on the same playing field as the rest of us. Obviously, there is a lot of room for luck & genetic advantages to give people the one-up, but we all can control how hard we work. And more often than not, that is the deciding factor for succeeding.

    The only way I know to motivate someone to follow their path is to actually lead by example. You can’t tell someone to do something and expect it to stick. You have to show them. Some people will get it, most won’t.

  5. brettcrudgington says

    I’m still really surprised that people haven’t figured this out yet. We currently have a TON of excellent means to get our content out there – so why not focus mostly on the actual content? The tools are there, and will probably be there for a long time. And they are easy as fuck to use, it just takes a little bit of effort and some thinking.

    Excuses are excuses, sometimes they are actually valid, but they are becoming increasingly LESS valid given all this new technology.

  6. says

    One word that contributes to a lot of this, even for really talented and really intelligent people: FEAR.

    It paralyzes so many people. Fear is the reason so many people work crap jobs they hate, and stay in them longer than they should.

    What if I work THAT hard, invest so much and fail?

    I guarantee you there are more people out there than you can imagine that ask themselves that question every day.

    What will my parents (who paid for my school) think if I just cut loose and “go for it” ?

    What will my friends think? That I’m an ungrateful person because I can’t stick it out in the current job I’m in?

    What will my fellow MBA graduates making 85K think if I walk away to pursue my dream, and I don’t obtain it. Will everyone scoff at me?

    I agree 100% with everything Charlie has written, but I challenge us all to look at people and understand where they come from, what motivates them, and ultimately what makes them who they are.

    All of this contributes to the reason why it’s no so easy for most people, and I think Charlie gets at that. This is HARD, and that’s why most people can’t do it. That said, there are SOME, that aren’t lazy, that are just scared.

    Most are both.

    Thanks for continuing to challenge the way I think about things Charlie.

  7. says

    You are correct sir. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t go to Business School. I didn’t need to spend years learning why stuff doesn’t work.

    Instead I spent time trying to figure out where the future is in all this technology. It’s all about finding the content you love to create and doing it.

    I kept trying to add more to this conversation, but ended up deleting it because you said it (and much clearer) in your post.

    Maybe I should have went to J School…

    And on Ryan’s point, fear paralyzes most. Look at it as learning how to get over rejection. It sucks, but you learn from it.

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