The more focussed and hard-working and individual is, the lesser they have the tendency to make excuses related to why certain goals or achievements haven’t been realized.
On the other hand, the fellow who is not focussed, not hardworking, and has no plans to get anywhere, always has a truckload of excuses.
Although it is true that successful people could have excuses, they seldom complain or tell other people about it; they bottle their excuses up, and don’t cry and try to explain why they can’t—or why they haven’t been able to do certain things.
Most often than not, instead of complaining, successful people get down to the root of business and look for solutions to issues.
The major types of excuses we shouldn’t allow to distract us from success
Excuses appear in different forms, but the most common ones seem to be associated with phrases like “bad luck”, “low intelligence”, and “old age”—or sometimes, “young age” too.
(1) Bad luck
Comments like this have been quite common in our world: “my case is different from that of other people because I attract bad luck”.
Hardly does a day pass by without someone blaming their problems on bad luck; also, it’s rare not to hear someone ascribe other people’s successes to “good” luck.
People who possess the qualities of real leaders and achieve great things, do so because they have superior attitudes, beliefs and work ethics; regardless of luck, intelligence, and age.
Certain people learn and make profit from setbacks, unlike others who allow setbacks weigh them down.
Although life is designed to deliver good things, regardless of luck, intelligence or age, we have to always concentrate on developing qualities that will make us consistent winners.
The saying that “I lack brains” is quite common; unlike other types of excuses, people who harbor this particular excuse, do so in silence.
Not too many people would admit that they lack enough intelligence; rather, they quietly harbor the feeling deep within themselves.
Most of us make two major mistakes when we evaluate intelligence: we underestimate our own intelligence—or brain power—and we overate other people’s intelligence.
Because of these mistakes, many people end up disappointing themselves and failing to face challenging situations with courage; on the other hand, the people who aren’t bothered about how intelligent they are, usually get things done.
Although intelligence is important, the belief and attitude that guides intelligence has a greater positive impact than the quantity (high or low) of intelligence itself.
The most important thing is how you use what you have; this doesn’t depend on the amount of intelligence you have.
When answering the question: “Should your child be a scientist?”, Dr. Edward Teller, a renowned physicist said: “a child does not need a lightning-fast mind in order to become a scientist, nor does he need a miraculous memory, nor is it necessary that he gets very high grades in school. The only point that counts is that the child should have a high degree of interest in science”.
This implies that interest is a critical factor—even in science. The truth is that a person who has an IQ of 90 along with a positive, optimistic and zealous attitude, will succeed and achieve much more success than an individual who has an IQ of 120 along with a negative, pessimistic and lazy attitude.
Each individual only needs a little “interested sense” to stick to around something—a task or project—until it pays off.
Sticking around with interest pays much better dividends than idle intelligence, even if the idle intelligence is as high as the one possessed by geniuses; stickability—sticking to an activity— is about ninety per cent or more of one’s ability.
Each person’s attitude is much more important than their intelligence.
This saying is quite common too: “There is no need to try; I am too old”—or also, “I am too young”.
Many people give excuses that they are not at the “right age”. It’s unfortunate how people think negatively about age; this has closed many doors of opportunities on countless number of people who think there is something wrong with their age—they don’t bother to make any attempt to achieve certain things because of age.
It is not how old or young that is important; rather, it is one’s attitude toward their age that will make their age a blessing, or a curse.
Anyone who destroys fears due to age, will add more lively years to their life and success. Regardless of your age, use your time to do what you really want and love doing.
You will be on the road to failure once you allow your mind accept the thought that it’s too late to achieve anything.
Stop saying or thinking: “I should have started last year, or some time ago”—this type of thinking will derail you away from success; put your foot on the accelerator and start moving from any position you find yourself.
Instead of thinking about how much your life has been wasted, think about how you can make your remaining years productive; believe that your best days are still ahead of you.