Words Over Woes & The Brutal Truths About Succeeding in the Writing World

Why your excuses don’t matter and what you should do about it

Rick Martinez
4 min readSep 28


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I recently stumbled upon a thought-provoking message from Alex Hormozi, and it stopped me in my tracks.

It’s one of those controversial ideas that either ignites a fire within you or leaves you fuming, depending on how you choose to see it. Let’s dive right into it.

Now I’m kind of synopsizing it here, so don’t quote me on the EXACT message. But basically, he says this:

“If you had disadvantages — I agree with you. You are right. It’s harder to be successful if X happened to you. Replace ‘X’ with Gender, race, birth deformity, different language, different country, abuse, etc. The main point of the longer conversation is that despite the disadvantage, you only have one choice: What are you gonna do about it?”

He hits the nail on the head right from the start. It’s undeniable that life can throw some heavy punches, and some of us start the game with a few chips missing. But here’s the kicker: those chips might be gone, but we still have a choice in how we play our hand.

Choice 1 -Unleash the Hero: Rise, Conquer, Repeat

Take action anyway and become proof to other people — like you — your people — also born into or abused into this tragedy that you were that they too could overcome it.

This is the path of the fighter, the entrepreneur, the trailblazer, the one who refuses to be defined by circumstances. When you choose this route, you’re not just changing your own destiny; you’re becoming a beacon of hope for others who’ve walked a similar, rocky road.

Choice 2 — The Blame Game: A Road to Nowhere

Sure, you can go down this road too.

It’s the path of least resistance, where you point fingers at everyone and everything, blaming them for your misfortunes. But here’s the cold truth: it won’t make you better. It won’t change your life. It won’t fill the void left by those missing chips.

But only one of those decisions will make you better.



Rick Martinez

My journey began on food stamps • I help CEOs & entrepreneurs write & publish books that give them authority & legacy • Former CEO turned ghostwriter