The Incompetent Are Great Builders
Meet Bob The Builder. Bob The Builder is a British animated children's television show that focuses on he and a group of his friends being involved in construction projects, renovations, and the like. In the midst of all these projects, the cartoon also focuses on conflict resolution, social skills, and other aspects of learning.
If you look at the picture, Bob is carrying around many tools. He has a toolbox, hammer, screwdriver, a ruler, and much more. I know many people like Bob who carry around tools; only they aren't working on construction projects or renovations.
"EXCUSES are TOOLS used by the INCOMPETENT to BUILD MONUMENTS OF NOTHINGNESS."
I was having a conversation with one of my bros and this statement came to my mind and I shared this with him. During my commute to class this evening, I began to think to myself...
WHAT ALL COULD I ACCOMPLISH IF I HAD NO EXCUSES?
Excuses are self-made barriers created to block us from what needs to get done. Now, don't get me wrong. There are things of course, that truly keep us from doing whatever it may be, but those are the exceptions; not the rules. Many times, we fail to make the necessary adjustments in life in order to be effective. The next person who gives you an excuse; respond to them with a polite, "So what." Now, this isn't a "So what." as in "So what. I don't care." This is "So what?" as in "So what are you going to do now?" Now that you've identified what the barrier is; now what are you going to do to get around it?
What have you been putting off that needs to get done, but you've been creating excuses?
Create a NOT To-Do List of things you need to stop doing in order to get that thing done.
Create a STOP-COMPLETE-START Chart. What things do you need to stop that are hindering your progress? What do you need to bring to a close/complete? Once those two things are done, what is it you need to start?