Posted by: David D. Daggett | March 22, 2010



      Excuses are probably the most common and most limiting of the success inhibitors. Great athletes, successful business leaders, and family members don’t make excuses. They take responsibility for their own behavior and blame nobody or nothing if things don’t turn out the way they want.

No excuses!

Excuses are motivated by fear. They help us escape accountability for change, failure, or the unknown. However, giving in to excuses denies our own personal growth and limits our ability to succeed. We must eliminate excuses to progress in all aspects of our lives.

Ironman triathletes know that excuses don’t work. At eight, nine, or ten hours into the race day excuses don’t buy much. You better have put in the training and preparation in advance, and set your mind to dealing with the task at hand. Excuses won’t get us to the finish line.

Similarly, as we progress through life, when we are 30, 40, or 50 and beyond, excuses don’t work. The rest of the world does not care about our excuses and reasons for failure or lack of achievement.

Instead, if we continually work toward excellence with integrity we don’t need excuses. The pursuit of excellence with integrity is always good enough, and the effort strong enough that excuses are not needed.

Excuses are a barrier to success. Eliminating excuses by accepting accountability and responsibility allows us to pursue excellence with integrity resulting in a life of fulfillment and satisfaction.

No excuses,



  1. I love this entry about excuses. There is no excuse not to achieve your goals in life. You are living proof of that and an inspiration to us all.

  2. Excellent entry, I’ve started realizing this a lot myself lately and begun working on myself. It’s good to see other people on here with the same opinions. Thanks

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