Over the course of time, in my work, I’ve come across two kinds of people : those who do the work no matter what, and one who justify why they couldn’t do it. As obvious, I always like the first category better. Not that I have anything against the second category, they may have genuine reasons for failing, or rather not being able to do work, but then again, the hard fact remains, that they failed. Mohit Sardana’s book says, “You can either make excuses or make money, you can’t do both!” This tells us the essence of things, but does it answer all the questions? Does it convince us to forget all exceptions and believe in it alone?
Let’s consider this; Russell Crowe’s character in Gladiator was made to face a lion. He had to fight the lion, and whoever won, survived. Taking a similar case where one had to fight a lion, one has to make a superhuman effort to do it, and one failure or one small shortcoming or miscalculation could take one to instant death.
Suppose the same person had to fight a lion, but after having lost a leg in a previous fight. Will the lion make
any concessions in fighting the man just because he has lesser limbs? Would it take a lesser effort to win that very fight? No, in fact, it would take a greater effort!
Suppose the man had lost tow limbs, now, would the lion finally take pity on the man and not kill him? Will it require a lesser effort on the part of the man because, come on, he is a cripple, an invalid!
The point I am trying to make here is, it’s a genuine excuse on the part of a man that he can’t fight a lion and expect to win, if he is a cripple. No one can deny him that.
But the fact remains, he either wins or dies. So if confronted with the lion, he will have no choice to either make the same superhuman effort fighting the lion as he had to had he been fully fit, failing which he will die!!
The lion won’t accept any excuse. So should we depend on excuses, however genuine, for work?
In conclusion, making excuses is fine, as long as one realises that it is equivalent to death, had he been fighting a lion!