Read this quote today:
Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
~George Washington Carver~
I am not familiar with Mr. Carver or his work, so I did what the Web 2.0 generation does – I ran a google search on his name. Turns out Mr. Carver was an American scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor. The exact day and year of his birth are unknown; he is believed to have been born into slavery in Missouri in January 1864.
The first thought that ran through my head was, if I was born in that century, under those circumstances, would I have gone on to achieve even a quarter of all that he had achieved? Chances are that I would have given a lot of “valid” excuses for the quality of my life and eventually maybe even convinced myself that I did have a good life despite everything.
Every great person has risen against the back drop of great adversity. Their trials gave them the impetus, the drive to succeed, to prove wrong all the naysayers around them. I am thinking of personalities like Abraham Lincoln, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Helen Keller, Robert Kiwosaki, Thomas Edison etc. They stood at the pinnacle of their respective areas but they hadn’t just jumped there, they built their success, little by little, over decades. All of them also share something in common – even when everyone else around them said otherwise – they did not falter in their belief in themselves or their dreams.
That is of course not to say that they have never had a moment of doubt, I am sure they have had them. But they did not let that doubt stop them from going after what they want with everything they have got. Had they stopped to make excuses would they be where they are now?
Which leads me to the next questions – do you know what you want? do you believe in your own dreams? are you giving your dream, your life, everything that you have got to give? or are you making excuses?
Get off the train of self-doubt and letting others deplete your sense of self-worth or confidence. Answer these questions to yourself and then Go for it! and go for it BIG!