“You can have excuses, or you can have success; you can’t have both.”
–Jen Sincero, #1 NYT bestselling author, success coach, and motivational cattle prod
Excuses are something we hear in the workplace quite often, but these are common excuses successful people won’t use. Have any of them made it onto your list?
I don’t have enough time.
As all successful people know, time isn’t something you have, it’s something you make…or steal from other tasks. Yes, there are twenty-four hours in a day, and we spend many of them sleeping and working. However, chances are there are a good number of hours that just scroll away, never to be turned into productive time. Successful people know that time must be managed, and if they want more, they make it.
I don’t have enough experience.
Experience is no match for determination. Prepare yourself for success:
- Take a class
- Read a book
- Apply for an internship
“Not enough experience” is just an excuse to say, “I can’t.” Successful people can. And do.
I don’t have enough money.
Michael Dell started his company with a $1,000 loan from his family, and Hewlett-Packard had an original investment of a whopping $538. Successful people find ways to make their dream into reality, even if they must get creative to find the funds.
It’s not the right time.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”
— Chinese Proverb
It might never feel like the right time, but you know what? Time will pass anyway. You don’t want to be ten years farther down the road, still wanting the thing you don’t have. Successful people know that opportunity doesn’t come knocking on the door at the perfect moment. They leap out the door, chase it down, and make it happen.
I’ve already tried…and failed.
Past failure is not an indicator of future success. Ask Thomas Edison, who failed 10,000 times before he invented the light bulb. Or Wayne Gretzky, who is famous for both his Hall of Fame hockey skills and for pointing out, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”
Failure is part of the process. Successful people accept that failure takes them one step closer to success. They keep taking shots, especially when they miss.