An excuse is a release. It’s a release from responsibility, something that so few want and so many need in today’s world. A man never bucks his responsibilities, it isn’t in the nature of a real man. Thus, a man cannot also give an excuse because to do so is to relinquish the responsibility he has to react to hardships and struggles as a man would, with honor, courage, and effort.
Don’t take their pity, even if it’s easier to do so. Don’t let them treat you as a weak person, rise to the challenge of life, of being self-reliant. (Read this: 5 Lessons Every Human Needs to Learn The Hard Way)
We hear the same excuses all the time…
“My boss just hates me.”
“I didn’t get the job because of office politics.”
“I didn’t have the opportunities that others have.”
Don’t give into them. Know that you hold the power over your life, don’t dare let it go.
Some act by pitying the self, others act by finding the opportunity amidst the darkness even if that opportunity is getting tougher by persisting through tough times.
Practice strength by refusing to make excuses.
I’ve been following this thought process a lot more ruthlessly these days.
Nights out at the bar do little to improve me. TV, the same. There are people who fall into this category as well, they’re energy suckers. The list can go on and on, the struggle comes in implementation, do you have the discipline to remove things – or people – from your life who don’t enhance it?
If you’re not working, hustling, learning and growing, you’re wasting the gift, you’re leaving gas in the tank, food on the plate, and that is no way for a man to live.
Aim to live to find out what your true potential is.
Don’t be one of those people.
Look for challenges at every turn, hunt them down, then rise above them. (Read This: We Can’t Reach Our True Potential Without Competition)
Some won’t start a project, mission, or career because of their fear of failure.
Others will work 17 hour days because of this same fear.
They’ll work hard to ensure that they don’t fail.
You can choose how you use fear. Will you use it to rise up or will you use it as an excuse to stay small?
If you come across a real threat, though, dig your heels in and fight like a lion!
Don’t seek pity from others, and never pity yourself.
You’re far stronger and grittier than you know. You have much more power and control over your life than you realize.
Man up and start acting like it.
Also know that once you’re gone, you’re primarily forgotten. You will matter only to those who are close to you so treat them well, love them, serve them.
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