Wednesday, 23 September 2009


I personally think that excuses stop us from achieving so much in life and I think we are growing in to an excuse culture. In sport if a team or an individual loses they say its not because the opponent was better than them but instead blame it on things they did wrong or other factors like the referee. If somebody doesn’t do well at school it can be the school system, their background, teachers or anything else that their parent can think of which is to blame. I think it is about time we got out of this excuse culture.

In sport I think if you can’t see or admit when a team is better than you, you will never succeed. Saying a team is better than you can be a positive experience if done right as you can use that team as your motivation to get even better than them. The high majority of sporting matches are won by the better team and with only a few really being down to bad referring decisions or other circumstances. If you make excuses it stops you from improving or working hard which is the only way you are going to become the best if not you will be making excuses all season.

I think it is also time that we stopped blaming our situation in life or our background and using that as an excuse to why we don’t achieve. There aren’t many people in the world who’s life is actually perfect and there will always be someone better of than you or worse off than you. Everyone has problems of some kind and normally it’s the ones that don’t about them who have the biggest.

If you want to succeed in life you have to cut out the excuses because they only stop us from reaching our full potential. I would rather achieve something than have to always be coming up with excuses. You have to remember that the more you make excuses the less people care and in the real world excuses don’t cut it.

Adam Sibley
Founder of the Talented Young People organisation
"Envisage it, Believe it, Achieve it!"
”Shaking up the Youth of Today”

1 comment:

LisaKN said...

I agree! Excuses prevent us from learning from our mistakes and makes us the victim. I try to keep my thinking positive and see why things did not work out the way I wanted and what I can do next time.

My question though is when does a "no excuses" policy on yourself become "being too hard on yourself". Do you think there is such a thing? I recently quit a job about a month ago because I felt like I wasn't getting enough work. At the same time I thought I should be creating my own work, but I just wasn't sure how and so I stayed at the job longer than I felt satisfied. It never went anywhere or got any better, I just got more complacent and so knew it was time to leave.

Looking back, I'm still not sure if it was me or the company. The lesson I did learn was to ask more questions before working for someone.