Get Some Gumption!

This is for all those people who make excuses for why they can’t do things. You know the sort of thing:

  • I really just haven’t had time. . .
  • I don’t know how to. . .
  • That’s not the way it works. . .
  • I/We are only a small business/don’t have the manpower. . .
  • It’s simply not feasible to. . .

Okay, some of those are valid reasons, but only up to a point. What I’m saying is:

One – if you really want to do something or change something and can, do something about it, don’t stand there whining. If you can’t change it, stop going on about it and learn to live with it. (Harsh, but true, people do it every day.)

Two – if you’re going to do something, do it to the best of your ability. Don’t half-arse it, or take on more than you can do reasonably well. If you do, everyone suffers, including you.

There are plenty of examples out there, just take a look. Big companies used to say that quick delivery cost more or wasn’t practical, yet smaller businesses that rely on good opinion managed it. Then the bigger ones cottoned on and started upping their game too.

People say they don’t have time to (insert hobby/holiday/job) but if they really want to do whatever it is, they do. They prioritise. Essentially, they make time. If they don’t, they either don’t really want to, or there’s something else stopping them.

Then there’s the type of thing where it says go here for this or ‘take a look at our store’, and you do and there’s good stuff there, but then none of it’s in stock or only in weird sizes/colours. What’s the point in that? It just makes people irritated.

A different one again, people say they don’t have enough money for <this item/activity/trip/bill> and yet they have the latest phone, a big tv, just bought a new settee or kitchen. . . You find money for what you want or what is most important to you, and that may mean things for other people, or it may be things for yourself, it depends on the person.

Gumption is a good word, and is one of those weird ones that can mean different things to different people. Look at synonyms and you get things like common sense, practicality, initiative, resourcefulness, get-up-and-go, courage. . . It has a guts ‘n’ glory, go for it, feeling to me, and I think we could all do with a bit more of that sometimes.

Okay, so this started out as a bit of a rant. After all, everyone needs to have a little rant every now and again, right? But as I’ve been typing this, I realised that I’ve used those same excuses in the past, and more recently, to myself if not out loud. I think everyone does every once in a while, a bit like having a rant. To stop doing so is one of those easier said than done things. . . So I guess it’s not just other people that need to find some gumption.

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