Having worked with my current editor for 11 months thereabout, I have come to know him as a man who doesn’t tolerate excuses, no matter how tasking the assignment, just give it a try first because there’ll always be excuses…

As humans, it’s natural for us to talk our way out if we have failed to accomplish set goals. We give a thousand and one reasons why it was impossible. We either blame situations, circumstances or others, only very few blame themselves.

There is no reason not to go for your dreams. Everything in life is a risk. From the moment we wake up till we return to bed at night, it is all a journey of risk.

For all of those big dreams, there are numerous reasons why they can’t be achieved but we have to push more, look past our excuses else we would be tied down by our numerous excuses.  

I remember having to talk to a mentor on a particular assignment I was sent to carry but I failed successfully execute the task. I gave him all the reasonable excuses which he found believable but he said something to me that made me weep bitterly when I pondered on the issue late at night. He said, “All you said is correct but you could still have done better. You were not just hungry enough, when you are hungry for something, excuses won’t do.”

I wept like I never did my whole life at that point I said to myself Temitope, you won’t miss any opportunity in life again because you made excuses, but it will be because the situations beyond your power but you tried nevertheless.

That moment when we are seeing impossibilities here and there, we can’t get to our desired destinations.

I would love to draw an analogy from a biblical story, one we are familiar with about the 12 spies from Israel that were sent to Canaan.  

“Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.” This is another report from the other class of people.

“…and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.’ This is a report from a particular group.  

The 10 who first gave their report saw correctly but they never saw beyond the challenges. In their mind they didn’t see anything other than excuses for not conquering the land but Joshua and Caleb saw the possibility of conquering the land and were able to.

In the end Joshua and Caleb entered the Promised Land not just as ordinary citizens but as leaders and captains.

What’s your own excuse? Do away with it quickly!!!

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