The One Thing Stopping You from Greatness

Do you ever wonder whether you have the inner power, the steady hand, the outstanding talent, the self control, to be truly great at something?

By the word ‘great’, I’m not talking about it in the overused, watered-down sense of the word ‘great’, but in the sense that will allow you to reach a point in your life where you feel glory, real triumph at what you have achieved, when you look back at the trail left behind you.

This does not necessarily mean fame and fortune, but could just mean you reach a level of unmatched excellence in the work you do.

The fact is, if you do want a shot at true greatness, your talent, your superior communication skills, your parents, and your strong marketing sense alone will not get you there. As much as you may find comfort in the thought, other people will not get you there either.

Undoubtedly, a commonality shared amongst those that have achieved greatness in some way, whether the architect Lord Foster, painter Pablo Picasso, or daredevil Evel Knievel, is the possession of an extremely clear vision of what they want in life.

This is a defined vision, or aim, that stands above all others, and so guides most, if not all, of what you do. Without a clear picture of greatness in your head, it becomes very difficult to achieve it. Without it, you lack the sense of progress you are making towards the vision, and you become aimless.

To define what I call your ‘chief aim’, which can be reduced down to a single written sentence, you need to ask yourself a few questions.

These include but are not restricted to:

  • What do I want my life to look like?
  • What do want to be doing day to day?
  • How would I want to be remembered?
  • What would I like to be doing 5 years, 10 years, 20 years from now?
  • How would I like people to think about me?
  • What would I like to say I truly know about myself and about my life?
  • What specifically would I like to learn during my life?
  • How much do I need to be able to do the things I want to do?

The purpose of these questions is to allow you to gather all those things that excite you and motivate you so that you can formulate your own ‘chief aim’ sentence. Once you’ve answered these questions, don’t get rid of them, because they will act as motivators in their own right. Your chief aim should be detailed, but kept within one sentence. For example:

I want to be respected and known within my industry, wealthy, yet with time to enjoy the world, creating work that inspires and changes the lives of others.

The trick is to keep reminding yourself of this one sentence so that you stay on the right track.

Good luck on your path to greatness!



  1. When I think of people who were great at something, it was always either because of an obsession or lifelong love. They lacked and/or neglected other aspects of their life to achieve something that to them was great. So realistically, most people will never achieve greatness, simply because they don’t have the obsessive nature about them or didn’t have that spark or situation in their life that drove them to abandon other endeavors in order to fulfill one great task.

  2. Another great article Alex. I think most people (including myself) get so stuck on the idea of ‘fame’ as opposed to ‘greatness’, that we forget our goals in the process.

    Looking forward to what comes next 🙂

  3. Nice one here! I definitely love your post because it is very thought-provoking and interesting to learn this post. Greatness does not come on easy ways and thus we have to set our objectives on achieving this because being synchronized can help a lot.

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