Excuses are powerful but in a negative way so we can say that they are powerfully negative. I had an invitation to speak to a few young people earlier in the week on the subject of Time Management. During the question and answer session, one of the attendees asked a question, it went somewhat like this “People are always referencing Bill Gates as an example for success, they always say he’s a drop out but yet became the richest man in the world”, he went further to say “Those that reference Bill Gates forget that he attended one of the best universities in the world, if I have the opportunity he had, I believe I will succeed too but I don’t, so what should I do?” He also made mention of the fact that Aliko Dangote, who is the richest man in Africa got an initial loan from his uncle to start his business.
I must confess that my initial reaction to that question was pity – how could such a young man write himself off? The truth is, there is no excuse that’s tenable for failure, failure cannot be justified and should not be found in our mental dictionaries. The only thing that can keep you from succeeding is YOU. When you begin to accept excuses, you have automatically began to accept failure and those excuses are your ‘supposed’ reason for failure. There is a saying that where there is a will, there is a way, this is true in every facet of life and in every endeavour whether you are called to be a footballer, musician, coach, speaker, preacher or whatever. George Washington Carver said that ‘Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.’
I have personally discovered that there is advantage in every adversity, one might complain that life is not fair but life is not wicked either. What you put into life is what you get out of it. If you are not OK with your situation, change it. The change you want might not come in a day but it will come with perseverance as long as you don’t lose focus of where you are going. The guy who asked this question forgot that Bill Gates’ teacher thought he was the dumbest kid in the world, he doesn’t understand the years of study, innovation, enterprise, handwork, diligence and so on that Bill Gates put into building his fortune. He also doesn’t know that Dangote works 16 hours everyday from Monday through Friday and the fact that he started with very little compared to what he has today, the bitter truth is that most people won’t even have conceived the idea he had for which he was able to get his uncle’s support. Also, not everyone will be able to keep that seed fund for over a year, most people will have blown it away.
To succeed in life, you must have a vision of where you are going, where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 20 and even 50 years from now? this is a good starting point. Once you have a good mental picture of where you are going, you have to decide that you are going to get there no matter the challenge or obstacle, you need to have a STRONG REASON. Let nothing deter you from achieving your dreams. Built inside of you is the strength and ability to overcome every obstacle on your way to fulfilling destiny. Allow that strength to come out from the inside, get violent with your purpose and nothing will be able to stop you.