We all love to make excuses! I’ve done it, you’ve done it, literally everyone on this planet has made an excuse at some point in their life. Often we find these excuses being made when we don’t want to work or a result did not end up in our favor. We blame others, we curse the skies, but we never look at ourselves.
Long before you or I were ever born, there were those who had two choices. Life or death. Either you did what you had to do to survive or you didn’t. There was no room for excuses. No room for error. No circumstances too tough to bear. They made it happen, no excuses and their efforts still marvel the world!
The Great Pyramid of Khufu was constructed somewhere between 2551-2528 B.C. in the Egyptian Desert. It is believed that 100,000 men worked on the pyramid for up to 4 months each year for at least 20 years. The word toil doesn’t even begin to tell the tale. The pyramid consisted of 2,300,000 blocks of stone, weighing an average of 2.5 tons apiece. These blocks had to be dragged by teams of men up ramps made of mud and brick and the ramps needed to be raised a story high. Khufu’s architect wanted to use the highest grade limestone from the other side of the Nile, nearly 600 miles away! It rose 481 feet tall and its base spread over 13 acres. Consider the time, blood, sweat, tears and uncertainty of life or death it took to create this wonder. Are you willing to do the same for your dream?
In business, sports, & life, everybody faces choices between doing what’s popular, easy, and wrong vs. doing what’s lonely, difficult, and right. These decisions intensify when you are chasing your dream. Only you know if you are putting in the hard work it takes to be the best. As in life, the excuses become easier each time we make them. Doing the next right thing, consistently, is what pays dividends!
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