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Robert Stevenson’s Thoughts on the Pursuit of Excellence

Excuse Book

November 6, 2022

by Robert Stevenson

Before I go any further, I should note, there are several books of excuses. There is Garfield's Book of Excellent Excuses, Excuses for Dummies, The Little Book of Big Excuses, The Book of Big Excuses, Complete Excuses Handbook, and my favorite title ... 1,001 Excuses for How to Get Out Of and Away With Anything.

I think it is safe to say that most people are not a fan of excuses, nor a fan of people who are ALWAYS giving excuses. That statement alone should make us all take notice that it is a waste of time to search for an excuse. Excuses do nothing but make you look bad to whomever you are giving the excuse to and, they most often, are annoying. Below I have compiled a list of short quotes about excuses that should make us all think twice before ever giving one.

Excuses are for losers.
Winners find a way. Losers find an excuse.
You can have results or excuses ... Not both.
Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.
Excuses are for people who don't want it bad enough.
If it is important, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.
Excuses are lies we tell ourselves so that it doesn't have to be our fault.
99% of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.

And the famous quote by Benjamin Franklin: “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”

Those are some excellent reasons for never giving an excuse. Just as there is no excuse for laziness ... there is no need to give an excuse. Florence Nightingale once said, "I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took an excuse." The great baseball player Derek Jeter had a unique way of looking at excuses. He stated, "There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you." I think the following quotes are a far better way to look at excuses:

  • Find a way, not an excuse.
  • Excuses are useless. Results are priceless.
  • Maturity comes when you stop making excuses and start making changes.

Here is a simple way to deal with excuses:
Never do anything you will have to
give an excuse for later.

"Your only true security in life
is your ability to perform."

About the Author

Robert Stevenson is an expert at building a high-performance business culture, improving efficiency, and accelerating growth. He is one of the most widely sought-after speakers in the world today, as well as a best-selling author. He has owned five companies, sold internationally in over 20 countries. Robert has spoken to over 2,500 companies throughout the world and his research in the area of corporate and entrepreneurial success is extensive. Over 2 million people have benefitted from his powerful, practical, and thought-provoking programs. He is a true master at blending facts, inspiration, conviction, and humor into all his programs.

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