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Excuses

I am so over people making excuses of why they can’t do something. Let’s look at some of the excuses people use, and see how ridiculous they really are.

Excuse: You’re too old.

Bull.

Grandma Moses didn’t start painting American folk art until her late 70s. S. I. Hayakawa didn’t get elected to the U.S. Senate until he was 70.  When Golda Meir was elected prime minister of Israel, she was 71. George Burns didn’t win an Academy Award until he was 80. George Brunstad was 70 when he swam the English Channel. Mario Curnis climbed the 29,035-foot summit of Mount Everest when he was 66. Cardinal Angelo Roncalli became Pope John XXIII when he was 76 and called Vatican II. George Selbach scored a 110-yard hole-in-one at age 96.

Excuse: You lack the education to do something. for prices avodart

Right.

Among those who never earned college diplomas: Bill Gates, Maya Angelou, Larry Ellison, Jane Goodall, Michael Dell,  Quentin Tarantino, David Geffen, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Thomas Edison, Woody Allen, Carl Bernstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ray Bradbury, Estee Lauder, Richard Branson, Agatha Christie, James Cameron, Grover Cleveland, Walter Cronkite, Muriel Siebert, Harry Truman, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. In addition, Peter Jennings and John D. Rockefeller never got their high school diplomas.

Excuse: You come from the wrong side of the tracks. You were raised poor.

So were Oprah Winfrey, Benjamin Franklin, Malcolm X, Jackie Joyner-Kersey, George Orwell, Charles Dickens, Elvis Presley, Roseanne Barr, Gloria Steinem, Shania Twain, Truman Capote and millions of other successful people.

Excuse: You’re disabled.

Tom  Cruise (dyslexia), Patty Duke (bipolar), Stephen Hawking (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Magic Johnson (HIV), Marlee Matlin (deaf), Itzhak Perlman (paralyzed from polio), Franklin Roosevelt (paralyzed from polio),

Excuse: You’re too fat.

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What about Winston Churchill, Marlon Brando, Elvis, Aretha Franklin, Oliver Hardy, B.B. King, Luciano Pavarotti, Orson Wells and Presidents Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Ulysses S. Grant? Don’t forget Santa Claus.

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We use excuses to talk ourselves out of trying for promotions we think we can’t get. We use them to stay in jobs and relationships and circumstances that we don’t even like. We use them to put off furthering our education, starting fitness programs, moving, losing weight, building relationships and doing those things that put us in our discomfort zones. Excuses don’t count. Results do.

Fawn Germer is the best-selling author of four books and speaks to corporations and organizations about courages and creative leadership strategies. rocaltrol

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