Thursday, August 23, 2012

Excuse Me

I love this time of year. Football—high school, college and pro—is starting and I love listening to coaches. 

Granted a lot of them get bad press every year (this year more than most), but football coaches tend to be blunt, focused and not hesitant to offer life lessons.

In the paper this morning North Carolina Coach Larry Fedora was talking about the reasons for yesterday’s poor practice and he said, “An excuse is an excuse.”

A couple of dictionaries and the Internet define an excuse as, “A reason or explanation put forward to defend or justify a fault or offense.

Read that again. An excuse is an explanation defending a fault or offense…not to defend something positive that went awry. You don't offer an excuse for trying.

Let’s be honest, an excuse is used when you didn’t do something you should have done.

And Fedora was simply echoing every coach who ever lived; an excuse is an excuse.

You didn’t get it done.

I’m guilty, too. I’ve worked up some excuses lately that sounded reasonable to me but when I trotted them out I could see and hear how lame they were. I didn’t get it done.

What are you making excuses for?

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