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God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.
-- Isak Dinesen
 

 

Monday, September 20, 1999

No excuses

Excuses are the sure and reliable building blocks of failure. Whether you find yourself offering them or accepting them, they are a definite warning flag that you are veering off course.

Well thought out actions make up the currency of effectiveness, whereas excuses are the currency of futility. Every setback has a reason. Every mistake has a reason. You can either accept those reasons, and learn something positive from them, or you can turn them into excuses, and thereby allow them to defeat you.

Each excuse is a small defeat, and they can add up quickly. The best strategy is to avoid them. Explain yourself, but make no excuses. Listen to reason, but accept no excuses.

Experience life without excuses. Your own effectiveness and the effectiveness of those around you will skyrocket as a result.

— Ralph Marston

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