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4 Excuses You May Find Yourself Making

September 3, 2010

Many of us have a disease.

It’s a very deadly disease.

It’s a disease that will hinder anyone from attaining their success.

No one’s ever died from this disease.

But it has caused people to die in misery.

What is this disease?

Excusitis. All you doctors out there, this is not the inflammation of your excuse[L1] . Actually, come to think of it, it kind of is.

I’m going to try something different today: a list post. To preface, let’s quote George Bernard Shaw: “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”

Too true, Mr. Shaw. So here are a few excuses you may find yourself making to explain why you aren’t where you are in life.

  1. “I’m too young/old!”

    You’re never too young to achieve success. Mark Zuckerburg, creator of Facebook, is the youngest billionaire in the world. He’s in his twenties. He made his own circumstances and reaped the benefits of them.

    You can easily cure this with a dose of positivity. Assume you’re going to live until, let’s say, 100. If you’re 80, you have twenty years to do what you want to do. You have the entire length of my life thus far to make the most out of your life. Moreso when you’re 20! You have eighty years left if you’re my age. So why not invest the next few years of your life to make the seventy years after that seventy years of success?

  2. “I’m not feeling good”

    I guarantee you that there are people who are in a worse off health condition than you are who have accomplished more than you could ever accomplish in three lifetimes if you keep this excuse up. Don’t believe me? Pick up a copy of Together on Top of the World by Phil and Susan Ershler. Climbing the Seven Summits when fate was seemingly trying to screw them over.

    As I’ve heard from Tony Robbins, “Hundreds of people are in hospitals praying to God that they could have your health.” Be grateful for what you have, and utilize it to the best of your ability.

    While I’m on this note, it sort of irritates me when someone has the common cold and feels like he’s too sick to even do anything. Yeah, a common cold needs rest, but don’t act like you’re dying! And if you need rest so much, why are you on Facebook? So for your own sake, stop feeling sorry for yourself whenever you’re sick. A lot of people don’t really tell anyone that they’re sick. They gotta get it pried out of them. With pliers. Good thing I’m the only one of my friends who has a pair of pliers with him at all times.

  3. “I’m just not lucky enough”

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but luck and success are mutually exclusive. Some people are lucky (like lottery winners), some people are successful (like Steve Jobs), and some people are both (like if Steve Jobs won the lottery). So get it out of your head that you need to be lucky to be successful. Create your own luck, your own circumstances. Don’t let your future be determined by the flip of a coin. The results of a coin flip are always 50-50. The result of your hard work and determination is 100%.

  4. “I’m not smart enough”

    Don’t underestimate your intelligence, and don’t overestimate other people’s intelligence. Some may think I’m smart because I do some pretty crazy things. I’m probably no smarter than you are. In fact, my IQ probably dropped a few points over the past couple years. I wouldn’t know, nor do I care. There are extremely intelligent people who end up not succeeding, and there are… well, not-so-intelligent people who succeed. There are too many stories that show how a middle-school dropout ended up founding a multi-billion dollar company, and began living the life that you wanted to live. Success doesn’t take intelligence. It takes the right information, and determination.

So which excuses do you find yourself making? For people around my age, I think the age excuse is a prime suspect. For people older, probably health. The luck one hinders everyone, as does the intelligence one. For more information on excusitis, check out David J Schwartz’s book, The Magic of Thinking Big.

So, give your excuses a black eye and do something with your life!

To your abundance,


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