by Dennis A. Curyer, M.A.
The Excuse Peddlers
Have you noticed that we have an endless capacity for producing excuses? Some we believe in, and will fight
for, others we know are just excuses. After a while using excuses can become our way of life.
Here are some of our favorites.
Excuse 1. It will take too long
We live in an age of instant gratification. Everything has to be now. There are some things that just take longer.
When Dennis Curyer (the author of 7 Ways to Live Life to the Mac) decided to go to university at age thirty-six,
he did not like the idea of how long it would take him to get a degree. He supposed he was being reminded of
how old he would be by the time he finished. He had to remind himself that he would get older, with or without a
degree. So he chose to be older with a degree.
We must learn that it is rare to sow and reap in the same season. Time is required for all things. We may say we
do not have the time and yet we always find time for the things we really want to do. Now is the time to act, it is
neither too early nor too late.
To build a successful business takes time to put in a strong foundation. You
cannot build from the top down. As a young insurance salesperson Dennis Curyer
could not work out how all the older guys got all the business while he was
struggling to make a sale. Some twenty-five years later he was one of the older
guys and he was making all the sales while the younger guys were finding it difficult.
It takes years to develop any successful business. It is possible but unlikely that
you will skyrocket to the top in an instant. If you see someone standing on
Mount Everest one thing is for sure, they did not fall there, it was a long, hard
climb to the top.
It took Edmund Hillary seven weeks to climb from the base camp to the top and only three days to come back
down. There has to be a message in this. Even the gifted have to work hard. That is why Zig Zigglar once said,
“There is plenty of room at the top”. Time is the price to be paid for achieving anything of
In 1828, Noah Webster published “An American Dictionary of the English Language” in order to research the
origins of his own nation’s tongue. He learned twenty-six languages, including Anglo-Saxon and Sanskrit. This
dictionary contained seventy thousand entries and took Webster thirty-six years to compile.
Edward Gibbon worked twenty years on his authoritative book “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”.
Goethe’s most complex and profound work “Faust” was written over sixty years, Goethe was eighty when he
completed this work.
George Bancroft spent twenty-six years of his life writing his monumental work ‘History of the United States’.
Upon completion, it became a benchmark for American history and has been translated into a number of
languages. His pen has created a monument to his ability to endure and finish.
When an author told the poet Wordsworth she had spent six hours on a poem he replied, “I would have spent six
Excuse 2. What will people think?
If you allow your actions to be determined by what others may say or think, you will never do what you want to in
Aesop in one of his fables tells the story of the man, the boy, and the donkey. A man and his son were going with
their donkey to market. As they were walking along by its side a countryman passed them and said: “You fools,
what is a donkey for but to ride upon?” So the man put the boy on the donkey and they went on their way. Soon
they passed a group of men, one of whom said: “See that lazy youngster, he lets his father walk while he rides”.
So the man ordered his boy to get off, and got on himself. But they hadn’t gone far when they passed two
women, one of whom said to the other: “Shame on that lazy man to let his poor little son trudge along”. So he
lifted his boy up on the donkey with him.
Coming to the town, the people began to jeer and point at them. The man stopped and
asked what they were scoffing at. The men said: ”Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for
overloading that poor donkey with you and your son?” The man and boy got off and
decided to solve the problem by cutting down a pole, and tying the donkey’s feet to it.
They then raised the pole and the donkey to their shoulders.
They went along amid the laughter of all who met them till they came to Market Bridge,
when the donkey, getting one of his feet loose, caused the boy to drop his end of the pole.
In the struggle the donkey fell over the bridge, and drowned.
You will never please everybody so do not worry about what other people think, no matter
how well meaning they may be. Many will try to talk you out of doing those things that you
want to achieve. We call them ‘The Dream Busters’. Mark Twain said of them:
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that,
but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
There was a fisherman who never put a lid on his basket of lobsters. When asked was he not afraid of them
climbing over the edge and getting away, he said, “Heck no, the moment one makes a bid for freedom all of the
others drag him back in”.
The lobsters in our life are in the form of parents, children, relatives, friends, work associates, those in authority,
etc. who will attempt to discourage you from your ambitions. In most cases they are well meaning and have your
interest at heart. They do not want you to fail, to be disappointed, and to lose what you
have. If you are swayed by the way they see life you will finish back in the basket with them.
Christopher Columbus was thought of as mad, but he ignored all as he lived his dream and sailed to discover
the new world.
Galileo, one the world’s greatest astronomers, was persecuted for what he believed. He was labelled a heretic
and his writings were banned, but he continued to write until he went blind.
|7 Ways to Live Life to the Max
by Dennis A. Curyer, M.A.
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PREFACE of 7 Ways to Live Life to the Max
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