I recently listened to a talk by Gary Vaynerchuk, brilliant expert on all things social media and taking advantage of the great opportunity given to us in this age of digital connectivity. He said something that really resonated with me, and I would like to repeat it here:
Complaining has a zero percent return on investment. Think about it. You get stuck on the train on the way to your office and then take ten minutes out of your day to complain about it to a coworker. At the end of the ten minutes your commute hasn’t changed and you’ve just wasted ten minutes of your life that you won’t get back.
Moreover, complaining brings down the mood of the people around you. You bring to mind the things that are upsetting the captive audience, inadvertently, and pull them down instead of uplifting them with positive words.
Excuses – did you do what you needed to do? Too often the response is — well I wanted to, but… followed by an excuse. I have heard it said that something is an excuse if other people with the same circumstances were able to accomplish what needed to be accomplished. There are seven billion people on this Earth right now, give or take a few million. How many were able to overcome the circumstances that you cite as the reason you didn’t get the thing done? They overcame, and you can as well.
Remember Yoda? Either do, or do not. No need to say you tried. Trying doesn’t get things done.
No excuses. No complaints. Get it done.