Breakthroughs Are Bullshit
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary.
Posted by Ryan Neal
Breakthroughs Are Bullshit
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal

I've had a lot of people ask me about "revelations" or "a-ha moments" or "breakthroughs" in regards to travel, business, and life.

I talked about this with Baker last year but it's time for a refresher.

If we set out to do anything with the intention of looking for a breakthrough you know what happens? We don't enjoy the process. And worse, we end up disappointed when the breakthrough we were looking for doesn't happen.

So let me rephrase: breakthroughs are not bullshit. Searching, waiting, wishing, and hoping for breakthroughs is bullshit.

A lot of us get caught up in this trap.

I liken waiting for a breakthrough to playing the lottery. Yeah, it could happen. But I like to make things happen instead of leaving things up to chance.

You want breakthroughs?


  1. Stop watching TV.
  2. Stop reading the news.
  3. Stop reading blogs.
  4. Stop being like everyone else.
  5. Do something out of this world.
I get a lot of e-mails, most of which fall into 2 camps.

Camp #1: Sob stories and excuses.

Listen, we all have problems. Every single person in the world has 84 problems. (Contrary to what Ice T and Jay Z tell us.)

I know life can suck. I've been there. But you know what? Talking about it, complaining about it, and tell people about it does nothing for you. It magnifies your problems and makes you feel even worse.

Camp #2:  Action plans and epic shit.

A great example of action plans and epic shit is happening right now. Satya Colombo e-mailed me about a month ago asking if I'd be involved in something he put together called the Freedom Business Summit. 12 entrepreneurs sharing their philosophies and strategies for success.

I had never heard of or spoken to Satya before. Not a single interaction that I can remember.

Yet I immediately said "Yes, I'd be happy to be a part of it."

So did Chris Guillebeau, Danielle LaPorte, Leo Babauta, Everett Bogue, Gwen Bell, Corbett Barr, Tammy Strobel, Johnny B. Truant, Mark Silver, Charlie Gilkey, and Mary Jaksch.

He got all of those amazing people together because instead of dreaming, complaining, making excuses, or waiting for a breakthrough Satya took action. He looked rejection in the face and told it to piss off.

I want you to do the same.

Although you might not know it or feel it right now, you have my full support to blow people's minds. :)