Cure yourself of Excusitis, the Failure disease

I have a particular interest on this topic as I experience what this chapter is about. It says “Cure yourself from Excusitis, The failure disease”.
Dr Schwartz alludes to the fact that as you think yourself to success, you will study people. You will study people very carefully to discover, then apply success-rewarding principles to your life, and you will begin right away. You will discover unsuccessful people suffer a mind-deadening thought disease called, Excusitis. Every failure has this disease in its advanced form and the most “average” persons have at least a mild case of it.
He indicates that you will find people discover that excusitis explains the difference between the person who is going places and the fellow who is barely holding his own. You will find that the more successful the person the less inclined he is to make excuses, but the fellow who has gone nowhere and has no plans for getting anywhere always has a bookful of reasons to explain why.
What Dr Schwartz discovered is that people with mediocre accompliments are quick to explain why they haven’t why they don’t, why the cant, and why aren’t, while successful people will never make such excuses.
He has identified four most common forms of excusitis, which I will add my fifth one based on the experience are indicated above;
1. Health Excusitis – an unsuccessful will come with all sorts of health related excuses of not doing things that will liberate and empower him or her, when it comes to business. This is also applicable to work where a person would not want to perform work beyond his/her job description or even take up a promotion. They will rather be at the bottom, in the “comfort zone”. Where as a successful minded people will want to use his/her health issues to move to the top of the scale, and not use his disability as an excuse.
2. Intelligence Excusitis – this is a interesting disease where a person rates him/herself low that he/she cant take up more responsibilities because he/she is not intelligent. I have experienced this one with my peers, at high school where the ones that were “clever” at school have not moved much in society, instead they are not looking at some of us who consider average and below a “predetermined youth scale”. People who uses the intelligence as an a excuse are basically the same ones defined above. In most cases you find an “average” person taking more responsibilities, based on the abilities rather than on intelligence.
3. Age excusitis – this disease, you find an older person refusing to take up more responsibilities or even not wanting to pursue a business venture that would possibly be successful, because of the age. What other people like to say generally is that “Age is just a number”, this is for people who are willing to take advance of the situation, and say I am young… I want to take advantage of my age and more up the scale, and comfort zone. Some can use a younger age to say “am too young” to take up responsibilities, or starting a business. Looking at the high unemployment rate is South Africa youth should be encouraged to look for opportunities at starting up small businesses, as the rate of employment is very low.
4. Luck excusitis – while opportunities are presenting themselves as some point in ones life, you find an unsuccessful person claiming that they were never lucky to have made it in life. You ask yourself where was this person all along when there were so many opportunities .
The fifth disease, I want to add is that one of “I don’t have time excusitis”, the reason I have an interest to this disease is because people don’t realize that none of us can create more time over the 24 hours we all have. There is a say by some unknown author, “Nobody is too busy, its just a matter of priorities”. What is also interesting is a book by Robert Pagliarini, “The other 8 hours”. People don’t realise that after 8 hours of work, and 8 hours of sleep, there is the “other 8 hours”. What is one doing in this other 8 hours. I will dwell much on Roberts book, “ The Other 8 Hours”, in my next posts.

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