Everybody has excuses. For every idea, brilliant or terrible, somebody will come up with at least one reason not to bother in the first place.
I hate excuses. Hate is a strong word, but excuses are really the one thing that my tolerance levels have dropped to zero for.
When I’m critiquing something, I’ve tuned my focus to be on identifying the things that can or should be better rather than the things that can’t or shouldn’t ever be.
Chris Lehmann wrote a blog post titled “A School I’d Love to See“. It’s the most inspiring thing I’ve read all day.
Near the end, he says:
I’m sure there are 1,000 reasons not to start this school… 1,000 reasons this might not work. But isn’t interesting to, instead, wonder if it could?
Chris and I share an affliction. We know that those reasons – those excuses – exist. But rather than be inhibited by them, our affliction is to be inspired to search for the one reason to try anyway.
When you’re presented with 1000 reasons not to try, take it as a cue to find the one reason to try and – if you can find that one reason – go for it..
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