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How are you at making excuses?
By Byron McNutt

IN THIS AGE of the blame game, I’m reminded that William Arthur Ward once said there is no excuse for excuses. Ward was one of America’s most quoted authors, editors and teachers. He died in 1994.
He said he once heard this definition of excuses: “Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing.”
Perhaps you have heard — or used — one or more of these excuses: “I’m too old.” “I’m too young.” “I’m handicapped.” “I’m in poor health.” “I don’t have enough education.”
“I don’t have enough time.” “I’m just not lucky.” “I’m too short.” “I’m too tall.” “My parents didn’t love me.” “I was born on the wrong side of the tracks.”
Ponder the challenge of Elbert Hubbard: “Don’t make excuses; make good!”

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:21 PM

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