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The Facade Of Excuses

by Paul Kearley

January 20, 2014

It’s just too easy to make excuses.  It lets you off the hook even though you don’t deserve it.

You screwed up.

So what?  Better people than either you or I have screwed up before us and will again as long as there are people.

So, screwing up is as much a part of life as being hugely successful. What’s important is how you deal with it.  You can “What If” yourself right into an early grave, or you can choose to be a “What Now” person instead. Just learn to ask yourself better questions.

  • “What can I do right now that will make a difference?”


  • “What can I do now to learn from my mistake?”


  • “What can I say now to apologize?”


  • “Where can I go now to learn what I need to learn?”

You get the picture.  Spinning “what if” around in your head will get you nowhere except bitter and exhausted.  Choose instead to ask better questions, then, when the questions have been asked and answered, take massive action on your decisions.

No one ever built a company, a relationship a partnership or a nation by hiding behind a façade made of excuses.

You know what you need to do.  Go and make history.

~ Paul Kearley
Managing Partner, Dale Carnegie Business Group – Maritimes Division
(506) 432-6500

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