Have you heard yourself say "I can't do this", "This is impossible", I do not have time for exercise", "I don't think I will be able to do my Masters" etc. etc. All of us have been victim of excuses sometime or the other. But last week I had a life turning experience which will prevent me from giving excuses. Ever.
In Calcutta, there is an Institute for Cerebral Palsy and I was invited to visit them a few days back. It is an institute which helps the Cerebral Palsy kids and coaches their parents. The visit was therapeutic and an inside-out kind of an experience and I will talk about it later in my future blogs. I met a lady - she must be in her mid thirties. She cannot move one hand, walks with a limp, is almost blind and has great difficulty in speaking. The social worker who took us around introduced her to us. She is heading the legal department of the institute and works as a consultant lawyer for the disabled people . She is a double gold medalist from Presidency college and a Leeds Scholar ! Her parents had left her with the institute when she was about 5. From her childhood, she was an avid learner and operated the computer with her feet ! She never said never and now has become a role model for the institute.
Sometimes, the environment around us imposes the condition for excuses. So, stop listening to the voices who say "You can't do it". There was a competition between a team of frogs and a team of goats as to who can reach the mountain top the fastest. The leader of the goat said to the leader of the frog " Why are you all even trying ?" Everybody knows that we will win ! We have nimble feet, can run fast, whereas you can only jump , you have heavy body, you cannot see ..... " This went on and on . The frogs were convinced that they cannot do it and started to retreat , when suddenly they saw that one frog had already reached the mountain top !
"Hey !" Everybody said "What is the secret of your success ? "
The leader of the frogs said "He is deaf ! He could not hear what we were discussing. He never thought that he cannot reach the top " !
Successful people do not make excuses . Leaders do not fear failure.
They create results .
Without making excuses.