An excuse would not be an excuse if wasn’t at least somewhat reasonable. The presence of logic is precisely what separates an excuse from just plain ol’ hogwash. There’s another word I could use here, but my Dad’s a pastor and he reads my blogs now so I need to keep things PG-13. That’s an honest excuse. I’m not hogwashing.
Hogwash vs Excuses
“Hogwash” is pure nonsense. In fact, it’s so nonsensical that the person who’s telling it doesn’t even believe what they’re saying. Statements like “My dog ate my homework” is just plain ol’ hogwash. It’s a way to keep the conversation going in order to avoid confronting the real issue at hand.
An “excuse” is a logical sounding explanation for why a given result was not obtained. “I have the flu and have thrown up three times already and it’s not even noon yet” is an excuse.
Hogwash is obnoxious. Excuses are respectable.
The subtle danger of excuses
The most dangerous thing about an excuse is that, although they are far more intelligent and socially acceptable than hogwash, they ultimately produce the same net results. The only difference between a hogwasher and a man with a good excuse is that one of them has a respectable reason for not getting anything done and the other lacks a respectable reason for not getting anything done. But in the end they both still get nothing done. By “getting nothing done”, I’m specifically referring to the process of avoiding what you love whether you’re physically active or not.
I fully excuse your excuses
Before you conclude that I’m a cruel insensitive jerk, let me be clear about the fact that I don’t think there’s anything morally wrong with not getting things done. This is not an essay on how I think you should live your life. If you don’t spend your time and energy following your own bliss, I harbor no judgement towards you at all. I don’t find you annoying. I don’t think you’re a lazy idiot. I don’t think you need to change. In fact, I don’t even think excuses are bad. Sometimes, an excuse here or there seems necessary. So, if you feel passionate about excuses in any way, I’m glad to let you know that we can still harmoniously coexist on this planet.
For the person who wants to get the most out of life, there must be a clear understanding of the following fact:
Being great at creating what you love is not the same as being great at explaining why you are not creating what you love.
If you need heart surgery, do you want the doctor who’s great at heart surgery or do you want the friendly lovable awesome guy with a totally understandable reason for why his inability to finish medical school was completely beyond his control?
More importantly, if it was your dream to be a heart surgeon, which one of those people would you rather be?
In tomorrow’s post, I will give you my two cents on the critical component to successfully creating the results you desire in any area of life.
I hope you’ll join me for the dialogue. In the meantime, make it a great day.
Click here for “Excuses are great, but they don’t create.” Part II