The 36th word in the 100 Day Challenge is EXCUSES.

I was visiting recently with about 100 high school freshmen and sophomores. We were talking about success in life. The group I was with encouraged the students to be and stay positive, always be learning and never make excuses. I told them that the people in their lives can help them get from failure to success, but no one can help them get from excuses to success.

So, the message was avoid making excuses, think deeply and often, figure life out, take care of what you have, work hard and take responsibility for yourself. The person who does that will be more successful than the one who makes excuses. And the sooner they learn this equation, the easier it will be.

In a few days, I will write about lessons, which is another of my 100 sight words. One of the lessons is ‘No Excuses.’ I wrote that people hate excuses like they hate arrogance. Maybe even more.

Today’s Winning Thought: “Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses in your life; you realize everything that happens in life is a result of the previous choice you have made and start making new choices to change your life.” — Roy Bennett

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