12 Common Excuses That No Longer Work

By | July 22, 2015

We all make excuses. Most are bad. There are a few that seem so legitimate that we use them over and over again and rarely are they called into question. Here are 12 that we use all the time whose legitimacy have been disproven, rendering them empty and obsolete.

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12. I Had Radiation Poisoning

This is an excuse that one of my pupils gave for not submitting his paper on time.  Fukushima nuclear disaster is a real issue and the experts say radioactive water and waste will be inundating the West Coast soon. Ultimately the entire world is going to be dealing with this for many years to come. At the present time, there is nothing that anyone can fear about so the excuse is lousy.

 11. My Dog Ate My Homework

This may be the most subtle or workable of excuses, but this applies only to those who have dog… There may be more than a 0.0001% chance that it could work?! If all else fails, you could always bring a stool sample as proof…Who would want to stoop that low?

10. The Problem Is…

The problem is you! No one else is to blame for your transgressions. By saying this, you give power to someone else or the situation you’re trying to deal with. Saying this excuse pushes off the solution. What needs to be said is, “The solution is.”

9. I Don’t Have The Money

This is a legitimate excuse…Sometimes! A lot of times doing what you want is just not financially possible at that time. But it doesn’t mean you’ll never get there. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and drop the cash to get what you want. Start by thinking differently and saying “How can I afford it.”

8. Life Is Not Fair

Yup, It’s not. There will always be someone out there who has it better. But that doesn’t mean that you will never have the life you want. The sooner you accept the fact that life isn’t fair, the quicker you can turn it around and get to where you want it to be.

7. It Is Too Risky

Humans suck at quantifying risk. Yet for some reason we feel competent enough in our risk assessment to use perceived risk as an excuse for avoiding things.

6. I’m Too Busy

This is a such a common and easy excuse and it works because we all feel so busy. But we aren’t. An exhaustive study conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed we greatly overestimate and exaggerate how busy we are. Pretty much EVERYONE watches 2-3 hours of TV per day, wealthier people spend more time surfing the web, and parents only have on average one less hour of leisure time per day.

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5. I Have Bad Genetics

We showed how your parents’ decisions affect your genetic makeup. Epigenetics is also showing that what you do everyday has profound effects on how your genes manifest themselves. So while many are quick to throw out the baby with the bathwater and assume they are screwed by their genetics, this is turning out to be a cheap excuse to be lazy. This is why in a set of identical twins, born with identical genes, one can be a fat deviant who develops asthma. Nature over Nurture.

4. If Only…

If only what? There is no such thing. Because once you had that thing you needed, you would eventually end up saying “If only…” for something else too. Stop using the excuse of what you don’t have and start focusing on what you do have. Be grateful for it, and life will be so much better.

3. I can’t Change/I am who I am

You simply can’t teach an old dog new tricks. That is why your mom still opens every attachment from stranger on her AOL account and your grandpa says awkwardly racist shit around your multi-ethnic girlfriend. A new study has revealed, however, that we are far more capable of change than previously thought. We underestimate our capacity for future change while readily acknowledging it in hindsight.

2. I Have A Headache

We have all used the headache excuse to get out of the no pants dance. Even dudes do it (gasp). Well, not having sex is the worst thing you can do if you have a headache you want to get rid of. That rush of feel-good chemicals stamps out your headache very effectively and, even better yet, naturally.

1. People Will Judge Me Harshly

We often times suppress urges because they might entail deviating from the norm, whether it be the norm within our immediate social and familial circle or that of society. We scrutinize over seemingly important details, worrying that others judge us very harshly when in fact they very typically give a very small shit about what we do. Be they our failings, successes, attractiveness, or everyday choices, people are so preoccupied with their own lives they hardly give a notice to what we do everyday, let alone assign strong emotions to it.

My advice: Everybody’s human and makes mistakes, so own up to yours and move on.

About Alex Noudelman

Alex Noudelman is an educator, coach and Digital Marketing Manager with over 5 years of experience. Alex enjoys and strives to motivate others to better themselves professionally and one a personal note. Feel free to contact him if you have any questions or would like a specific topic covered.

Please note the article was originally posted on Richtop10.com. As the site no longer exists, it has been transferred to AlexNoudelman.com. It was also featured on Huffington Post.

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