I Would Have But…
Many years ago in a beautiful village was a blind beggar who was pitied by everyone because he was blind from birth. This blind beggar, would wake up early in the morning and make his way to the gate of the main market in the village just in time for people going into market to give him alms then he would stay at the gate till they are returning from the market so he could collect from those who promised to give him on their way back.
One day a stranger who visits the village occasionally was also making his way into this market when he saw the blind beggar by the gate. He was filled with compassion and curiosity. So he made his way to the beggar, He gently touched the beggar
Stranger: Sir, I have noticed you at this gate for a while and I think you should have gotten enough to start something of your own.
Blind man: Yes! I should have but I am blind and I can’t do anything on my own. Only if I can see… (tears running down his face)
So the stranger handed him a bottle of water and told him to wash his face with the water before he sleeps that night.
Two years after, the stranger visited the village again. On his way to the market, he noticed the blind beggar was no longer there. “He is in the market working for his money”, the stranger thought. The stranger made his way into the market and got his goods.
On his way back, lo and behold, the stranger found the blind man still begging for alms. So he went to him again,
Stranger: Sir, can you see now? Did you use the water I gave you some years ago?
Blind man: Yes, I can see now then he paused, Oh! You are the kind man that restored my sight
Stranger: Yes! But I thought you said you needed to see so you can make your own money. Why are you still begging for alms?
Blind man: Yes, I said that but now that I can see, I would have stopped begging for alms if have someone to set me up on a business
“If you are looking for an excuse, you will always find one” – Unknown
How many times have you used these words just like the blind beggar “I would have but…”
We all have excuses not to do the needful but those who have been able to overcome these excuses have turned tests to testimonies.
“Excuses are the tools of the incompetent, used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness.” Excuses are cheap, little wonder lazy people can afford it. Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better. The origin of every excuse is the failure to do something. Excuses, are nothing more, than a reason to fail. An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; for an excuse is a lie guarded.
Do you find yourself making excuses when you do not perform? Shed the excuses and face reality. Excuses are the loser’s way out. They will mar your credibility and stunt your personal growth. – Alexander Pope
Thinks about those excuses you are making now just to avoid doing what is required to improve your business, actualize your beautiful ideas, protect your relationship and build your dreams, you would realize that they are baseless. Many people have gone from worse situations to do something awesome. Once your excuses are gone, you will simply have to settle for being awesome!