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Robert Stevenson’s Thoughts on the Pursuit of Excellence

“Kinda” Never Accomplished Anything

April 20, 2024

by Robert Stevenson

I kinda want a career, I kinda want to lose weight, I kinda want to do that, or I kinda wish that would happen. If you kinda want something you will seldom be successful in getting it. Kinda is the informal way of saying “kind of” and you won't find it in dictionaries. I suggest you take it out of your vocabulary as well. You don’t want to KINDA hope, do, try, or wish for anything.

Success is ALL about commitment. The definition of commitment is an agreement or pledge to do something. The key word in that definition is “DO.” It didn’t say kinda do or kinda finished. You don’t kinda get somewhere. You either got there or you didn’t.

Success is ALL about accomplishment. The definition of accomplishment is something that has been achieved successfully. It didn’t say “kinda” achieved; you either achieved it or you didn’t. The issue with kinda doing something is that it leads to problems and most assuredly … EXCUSES. To me, kinda means you didn’t get it done. It’s that simple. So, if you didn’t get it done, everybody is going to want to know why. Now, you are going to have to give an excuse. Excuses are also for people who didn’t get it done. So, kinda and excuses have a great deal in common.

Success is ALL about NOT giving excuses. The definition of excuse is an attempt to lessen the blame … or a reason or explanation put forward to defend or justify a fault. When you define the word excuse in its true context … it sounds awful. I once read, “Excuses are the lies you tell yourself.” That is a powerful statement. It is important to understand that great leaders never expect results from those who give excuses. They will go find someone else to get the job done. So, if you are looking for a great excuse to explain why you didn’t accomplish something, remember the rule: those who excel at excuses seldom excel at anything else. Great leaders are well aware of that rule.

The word kinda is a cousin to the words woulda, shoulda, coulda and sorta; those words never accomplished anything either and will also be followed with excuses. I find the words people speak are very telling as to their overall success in life. When your boss asks you, “Are you done?” Never answer with, “Kinda.” Kinda means you were inadequate, deficient, ineffectual or nonfulfilling in your attempt. Those words are telling it like it is. As I said in the beginning … take kinda out of your vocabulary, along with woulda, shoulda, coulda and sorta.

I will leave you with this anonymous thought:
If it is important to you, you will find a way.
If not, you’ll find an excuse.

"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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