Excuses and reasons are two sides of the same coin. When we make an excuse, we are in effect saying, we are not to blame. It is the excuse that is to blame. There are thousands of excuses such as:
• The taxi broke down on the way to the client
• I’m not feeling too well today
• The client is unreasonable
• My fellow workers are not cooperating
• I was not trained to do this
• My subordinates cannot be relied on
• Company rules and policies are not clear
Excuses lead us to conclude that we have nothing to improve since we are not to blame. Excuses lead us away from preventing the problem from happening again. Excuses kill our professional development.
If you want to get ahead, don’t give reasons why not, find ways how to.
Ps: These and more are explained in my book: BEHIND THE SECRET OF SUCCESS – The Real Story, available at Amazon and international retailers.