“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” ~ George Washington
The lasting measure of a man is established in the way he meets the difficulties in life. In my estimation, life’s challenges earn the appellation by virtue of the fact that they push the limits of present capability. When circumstances don’t ask more from you than you think you are capable or at least try your patience or push your limits, you don’t call them difficult, do you?
The best way to succeed in life is to eschew the nasty habit of making excuses. Every excuse you make represents a loss of energy that could have been expended in the effort to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of accomplishment.
You are strong enough, smart enough, talented enough, skilled enough, connected enough and sufficiently worthy of a successful outcome. The most successful managers in my company are those who are expert at helping others realize that simply being themselves – all they can be at any given point in time – is the perfect starting point. No excuses are necessary!
Rudyard Kipling once said: “We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.” I am inclined to agree and I encourage you to refrain from being the person in the group whose most active participation centers on the elaboration of excuses. We’ve all been there. It’s not pretty. Instead, dare to represent the one percent who addresses the potential points of failure intelligently, efficiently and confidently and most importantly, without excuse.