Dear Friends, Please Don't Ask for Help. Unless...

Written by on Aug 20 2012

This article is very similar to the last blog post, but it’s rewritten, I didn’t know which article was better.

Hi. I am Allan Branch. I am a cuddly teddybear and a “successful” person. I am kind and generous with my time. And I am sick and tired of you. That’s right, of you. (Read on dear friend.)

Whoo, I’m glad to get that off my chest. Here’s what I’m really mad about: I’m sick of people who ask for advice or time but are unwilling to help themselves. I’m tired of people who use the excuse, “I don’t have time.”

Here’s the truth: You do have time. You have 10,080 minutes every week. So do I. So does <insert person you admire here>. That’s all. We all have the same amount of time. None of us gets to cheat and have an extra 1,000 minutes a week.

Here’s the truth: “Successful” people aren’t smarter than you. Sure, a few of them are a lot smarter than you and me, but most are not. Sure, a few of you are not so smart, so this isn’t true for those of you that are part of that very small group.

Here’s the truth: The reason you’re not successful isn’t because you don’t live in a big city. Many successful people live in small towns.

Here’s the truth: You are the reason you are not successful. You make choices with what to do with your time. You choose not to work on or release that project you’ve been thinking of or tinkering with. You choose not to go to a conference and meet people, or to go but not to make friends with the speakers. You choose to watch TV or sleep instead of doing something to help yourself. You are the one who asks for my time, but can’t find any of your own. You are the one who listens to advice but doesn’t act on it.

So dear friend, I am here for you. I love you, I want you to succeed. I want to help you and support you and encourage you, but you have to find the time to help yourself.


Hi I'm Allan,

I wrote the article you're reading... I'm one of the co-founders of LessEverything. I love my family more than breathing and I love creating videos about our family adventures.

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