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Top 10 Excuses

Updated: Nov 7

Top 10 excuses:

Excuses are downward pivot points that limit potential.

  1. I forgot.

  2. I was busy.

  3. It’s not my job.

  4. I intended to….

  5. I didn’t mean to.

  6. I didn’t know how to.

  7. You didn’t tell me to ….

  8. I tried and it didn’t work.

  9. They didn’t do their part so I couldn’t do mine.

  10. I was waiting. (If I never hear, “I was waiting for …,” again, it will be too soon!)

Excuse-makers are unreliable.


“People who fail in life are people who make excuses.” Ben Carson


12 ways to stop making excuses:

  1. Value yourself enough to care about your reputation.

  2. Think “promise,” when you take on a task. “I just made a promise.”

  3. Stay in your sweetspot as much as possible.

  4. Realize your failure frustrates others.

  5. Tell trusted friends what you’re doing to improve. Be specific. “I’m trying to get ‘better’,” is an excuse waiting to happen.

  6. Apologize when you screw up, without making excuses. If the screw up is about results, say, “I apologize.” If the screw up is a personal offense, say, “Please forgive me.”

  7. Say, “Next time I’ll ….”

  8. Believe you have more in you.

  9. Say no. Don’t say yes when you can’t deliver.

  10. Understand that small matters. Most of life is a series of small choices.

  11. Define success clearly.

  12. Clarify expectations and deadlines.

Bonus: Write it down.


Leaders don’t make excuses they take responsibility.

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