January 27, 2021

[Voices] Excuses, excuses

By Warren Lee Nair

It’s just you standing in the way of yourself.

As human beings, we all want to succeed; in our careers, relationships, and life in general. It seems as if there is something embedded in our DNA which makes us want, and even crave more than what we already have, and already experienced. This craving creates dreamers in all of us; heads filled with hopes and wishes for accolades, bright lights, and recognition. For a few this becomes a reality, but sadly most will be left behind holding on to unfulfilled desires, feeling as if they are not good enough, and providing reason after reason as excuses to explain why their chance at success never worked out.

It is extremely easy to do this; the most hassle-free course of action to take is to simply give up, blame others for your failures, and become bitter. Though, at the end of it all, you will never end up where you want to be. 

Sir Isaac Newton taught us that ‘every action has an equal reaction’, but if there is no action in the first place, no movement will take place. If you do not act on your dreams, nothing will change. Simple as that.

I know that you would have probably already thought of two or three reasons why you won’t be able to do this right now; a lack of money, a degree, support, knowledge, etc. You can waste hours of your life listing all the ‘reasons’ why you are not successful yet, or you can rather make the conscious decision to do something about it.

You have to be hungry; the more you crave for your goal, the hungrier you will be. This will push you to overcome any obstacle and do whatever it takes.

But what if you don’t have the money to cover tertiary fees?
Study any way. No point in losing sight of a dream because you can’t get your hands on a piece of paper to confirm what you will already know.

Don’t have a degree or diploma to get your foot in the door at your chosen profession? 
Find another way; use your skills and knowledge to fight your way in, and don’t take no for an answer.

If you are unable to finance your career, business or tertiary education right now remember that you owe no one an explanation if you end up taking five or six years to complete your journey.

Throughout this process many will try to bring you down as jealousy hounds you. Some will say that you won’t be able to achieve your goals because you don’t know the right people, others will blatantly list all the reasons why you should not even try, while a hand-full will even laugh at you.
Never pay attention to all this negativity.
Be confident in your journey and do not lose sight of your prize. Most importantly, surround yourself with those who support and mentor you.

Work, work, work! I cannot say it enough. Once you invest time and energy into your dream, everything else will fall in to place. Trust me, you do not want to fail because you did not put in enough effort.; work overtime, study for one more hour each day, knock on one more door, and take one more phone call.

Always be open to new opportunities, even if you are offered one that does not best suit you at the time grab it with both hands. Remember that God is with you all the way leading you to your destiny, therefore have faith that the path you are being led on ultimately leads to your final destination. Be grateful for the doors you are able to travel through and the lessons you learn along the way.

Speaking of lessons, as my mum says, ‘knowledge is a power like no other that can never be taken from you’. Make it your duty to learn at least one new thing every day; you will never know when a specific bit of information will be useful.

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