In episode 17 of “Yates in Your Face,” Greg Yates talks about taking persevering through difficult circumstances and how excuses are getting in the way of your success.

You start the day with a fresh sense of optimism that progress will be made. You are laser focused. Then, the dark clouds roll in. All of the sudden your day is flooded with problems that cause your optimism to dissipate. Sound familiar?

Your success is your responsibility. Maintaining your focus and your drive is up to you. Facing road blocks and difficulties can not cause you to waver. It’s time to breakthrough to the next level. Today is a new day; a day to start again. Don’t let it slip away.


They say it’s not how you start that counts, but how you finish. The problem is, I usually hear that from people who never get started.

I’m a big believer in the small incremental steps of life. Anything meaningful involves a lot of small efforts, small starts and a lot of starting over. If you’re waiting for that moment when you get it all right, the stars align, when things just fall into place and your ship comes in, you’re in the majority. Unfortunately, the majority are unsuccessful, unfulfilled, unsatisfied and busy blaming that on somebody else.

I don’t care what happened yesterday or how tough today looks. I don’t care what you’re up against or how discouraged you may feel. Today is the starting line. Today, you will make a statement about your faith, your belief and your vision.

You will do tiny things that have traction, whether you realize it or not. You will reinforce your passion for ultimate success or for the helplessness of your circumstances. You will find a place to take a stand or you will go with the flow.

Here’s the brutal truth. Nobody else is responsible for you.

You’re responsible for yourself. For your relationships, your tribe, your success and your failure.

I’ve heard all the IF ONLY’s. If only my boss, my company, society would treat me fairly. If only I were understood. IF ONLY is the prophetic language of failure.

Of course there is injustice. Of course things are unfair. But you’re still responsible. Especially if you’re a leader. You’re responsible for things you don’t even know are happening. It’s not fair, but it’s the truth.

If you want to be the best you can be, it will only happen because you let every unfair thing penetrate you and become part of you. You will build powerful relationships because you take personal responsibility for them. You will build incredible teams because you refuse to allow the excuses or the failing of others (no matter how true) to dictate your outcome.

I’m not talking about bulldozing your way through. I’m talking about the level of personal engagement it takes to build the relationships necessary to be successful.

Today is a new starting line. Begin again and take responsibility to become the person you were created to be.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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