Don't give excuses

Date: 11 October 2016

Yesterday, the 2016 Eisenhower African fellows had another inspiring speaker. This time it was Susan Elaine Eisenhower who is a consultant, author, and expert on international security, space policy, energy, and relations between the Russian Federation and the United States of America. As the name suggest she is a granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and sister to David who we met last week. One takeaway from her speech is that in leadership we should avoid excuses.  She reminded us that everyday people make excuses mistakenly for challenges that are presented to them. She was quick to add that excuses don’t help in any way and after a while people get tired of hearing them. Putting this in to perspective, it got me thinking what reduction of excuses can mean to all of us…. It will mean

More focus and hence more results as there is reduced waste of time complaining and giving excuses, it will make people to appreciate us more as we will take more responsibility and it will also transform negative thoughts into positive ones and hence reduce our stress level.

A key learning shared by her was in regards to the military… please note that when Susan was growing up she was surrounded by “military personnel’s” her grandfather, her father and other people in the family. One of the takeaway from this background is that there are only four answers to a question;

  1. Yes Sir!
  2. No Sir!
  3. No excuses Sir!
  4. Have no information and I will get back to you sir!

This is kind of the altitude that we should have in life to always take responsibility as illustrated by the 4 answers.

As an advice, I think we should avoid the following statements at all cost in our lives;

  • I could if …
  • I can’t because …
  • If I had … I could do it.
  • … happened to me.
  • … isn’t fair.
  • … has an advantage.
  • Let me explain why I can’t.
  • I don’t have enough time.
  • I don’t have enough money.
  • I don’t know how to do

Trying this will definitely secure a better life for us…..

Edward Mungai