Disadvantages Aren’t Excuses

I overhear far too many conversations about people thinking it’s ok for people to give up because something beyond their control makes their goals impossible. When they fail, they give dozens of excuses for their behavior even though they didn’t even try. That is not the way to approach challenges and goals.

I don’t care what your excuse is. You either tried or you didn’t. Success may not always be the outcome, which is acceptable. What is unacceptable is if you quit because you made excuses for yourself. I don’t want my time wasted hearing them. If it actually is harder for you to complete your goals, then redouble your effort and don’t quit. If it was your own goal, there must be a reason why you wanted to achieve it in the first place.

You have a mental illness? That’s fine. So do I. You struggle understanding concepts in statistics class? A lot of people do. You tend to over-react? Annoying, but a common trait. You have social anxiety? Me too! You are overweight or underweight? I understand. But all of those problems doesn’t mean you should automatically give up. I sure as hell didn’t. Not to brag, but now I am successful enough to where people take notice. It’s because I knew I was at a disadvantage, but merely worked twice as hard.

If you aren’t working harder, then no one wants to hear your excuses. Whether you like it or not, people will judge you for it. Your friends will. Your boss and coworkers will. Your doctor will. Everyone except your mom will. To be frank, it is an embarrassment to yourself.
Are you an alpha or are you lazy? You get to decide. You are your own responsibility. How your life goes and how people view you is up to you.

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