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“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
― Benjamin Franklin

1. Nobody Believes in Me
It’s hard to believe, but during his lifetime Van Gogh received hardly any acclaim for his work. While alive, he only sold one of his paintings, and that was to a friend for a very small amount of money. Despite this, he continued working throughout his life, never seeing success himself, though his paintings now are worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

2. I’m too Old
Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa, Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became president, Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought the McDonalds Franchise and took it to unprecedented levels, Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote “The Cat in the Hat” and J.R.R Tolkien was 62 when The Lord of the Rings books came out.

3. I’m Sick
Ronnie Castro had only a slice of information he could recall from the phone call with his doctor, went home to tell his wife “I’m dying and I have no idea how much time I have left.” His wife was 39 weeks pregnant at the time. Twelve hours later, with no food and no sleep, she gave birth to their daughter.

Ronnie might be dying, but he is also living. He is a co-founder of Porch, previous to Porch, Ronnie built the Optimization team at Google and ran part of Global Paid Search at Expedia.

4. I’m Pregnant
Kathryn Stockett bestselling author of The Help insisted on rewriting the last chapter an hour before she was due at the hospital to give birth to her daughter. she would not go to the hospital until she’d typed The End. She was still poring over her research when the nurse looked at her as if she weren’t human and said in a New Jersey accent, “Put the book down, you nut job, you’re crowning.”

5. I Don’t Have Time for my Family
Barack Obama has a strict 6:30 time for dinner with his family, and it’s pretty much inviolate. He’s willing to miss dinner twice a week, but that’s it. That’s very unusual for a president. It’s an unusual approach. For CEOs, it raises the interesting question of how far you’re willing to go [in setting boundaries]. Especially in light of CEOs’ outsized pay packages, is it okay to say ‘If it’s after 6:30 pm, I can’t do that?’

If President Obama Can Get Home for Dinner, Why Can’t You?