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No Room For Excuse

'Been on faith pilgrimage the last 38 years. 'Been at the mountaintop and down in the valley as I sojourn carried by grace, and grace alone.


Life might seem unfair, but it has a way of ALWAYS balancing things out. The people one might regard as impoverished have something the others, regarded as privileged, might not. It is called "DRIVE" (HUNGER). That is all you need in life to succeed. You don't NEED degrees (cardboards), connections, etc.

The drive is the engine room, a human spirit on fire for success. It is like a magnet, attracting and calling to itself, physically and metaphysically, all that it requires to achieve its stated objective. It is the subconscious mind on steroids, being fully alive to what it was created for. It does not rest until the purposed end is accomplished. It has no way of taking NO for an answer.

Taking Responsibility for my Drive

Taking Responsibility for my Drive

The Pull Begins

The first thing our hunger seeks for is EDUCATION. It seeks for DIRECTION, the BLUEPRINT for the satiation of its quest. More like a sponge, it's looking and seeking to soak up all it can find, from where it can find it. Like a magnet, it draws on nature's go-to facilitators of change, teachers. Like the famous ancient Chinese Philosopher and writer, Lao Tzu, wrote, "When the student is ready the teacher appears." Our hunger is our readiness stance, our call to life.

The education called for here is not necessarily formal education. The classrooms are not necessarily those with four walls. The education here is that of life and people. The school is called "The School of Life and Hard Knocks." Our teacher is life itself, though assisted and helped by mentors and coaches. Our examinations are the opportunities and challenges our teacher affords us.

Education! Education!! Education!!

Teachers! Teachers!! Teachers!!!

Change! Change!! Change!!!

School Bell Ringing

Jim Rohn says, "Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune." Our treasure is in self-education, not formal education. Formal education might cost a fortune and out of reach for some. Guess how much self-education cost? Very affordable is the answer. It cost ONLY as much as you want it to, including no tangible cost at all. We don't need any special admissions. Our admission slip is the very fact we are alive. It meets you at whatsoever level you are and takes the time to grow with you, at your pace.

Self Education is a leveler. Why? It is freely available to all, irrespective of your place of birth, race, family background, etc. It is an equal opportunity school. It is life's evidence for, or against us. For us, if we use it and become all we were created to be. Against us, if you sit on your oars expecting some fairytale godmother to come to visit you at night and make all your wishes come to true. We might as well call a spade a spade, and be done with it.

The Cavalry is not Coming

The Cavalry is not Coming

“The cavalry ain't coming. You've got to do this yourself.”

— Christopher Gardner

No Cavalry is Coming

The cavalry is not coming from anywhere. No fairy Godmother is coming from anywhere. The onus is ours. The cavalry is already provided in creation. The fairy Godmother is already in nature. The onus is ours to harness them. Be quiet and be in the moment. "The river is wild. You can’t control it. Embrace the chaos." (Maxime Lagacé)

Open your eyes and see. Open your ears and hear. Open your nose and smell. Open your mouth and taste. Feel the gentle breeze. Open your mind and perceive it. Open your heart and tune to its frequency. Awaken your gut and take the leap, lay hold.

The calvary ain't coming. You got this. You got this. The onus is on you. This is your moment. This is your occasion of glory. It is your time to stand on the inside and rise to the occasion. Let your humanness come to the fore. You were created for this. You were programmed for this. It is time to awake the giant within. It is time for war.

Maxime Lagacé

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"Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out."

— Edwin Markham

School of Life

Our first teacher is our own daily experience. This is our modern-day fairy godmother, our cavalry that stays with us through the journey. God sends you fairy godmothers every day, in every encounter, and seemingly inconsequential occasions. Never ever forget. Nothing just happens. Learn from every experience of your life. Everything happens for a reason. Everything happens for a purpose. They come to strengthen us. They come to prepare us for the pilgrimage of life.

These lessons include not just the positives, but the negatives just well, the successes and the failures alike. Open your eyes and see the handwriting on the wall. Our so-called failures serve us well when they teach us valuable information. Failure is an essential part of our success in life. They’re frequently better teachers than our successes. Success and failure are what the Chinese call the Yin and the Yang of nature. That is, two opposite and complementing principles.

Herein is the beauty of journaling. For journaling involves us writing down our thoughts. Writing forces us to think, not merely gloss over. Each day life presents us with lessons to grow by. It will be rather foolhardy of us if we fail to note and rightly glean from them. "I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness, and the willingness to remain vulnerable." (Maimonides)

You fell and you got back up. Big deal! What makes it worth it or not is what did you pick up on your way up? What did you drop on your way back up? That is the real deal. That is what marks you out and makes it all worth the while. Did your experience make you better, bitter, or indifferent?

"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."

— Isaac Newton

Shoulders of Giants

Learn from the experience of others. There is no library that can contain these in one place. And, guess how much it cost? Not much, only as much as you can afford and/or want to spend. Every experience around you is one you don't want to repeat yourself. Rather you want to use the lessons from them in your own life, as leverage. I guess we all are clear that our own experience is not the best teacher. It only becomes a teacher, if at all, if we survive it.

Why go reinvent the wheel when one can see further, hear louder and clearer and achieve more by simply resting on the shoulders of giants who have gone, and are still going ahead of us? As Jim notes, some experiences are examples to embrace and follow, others are warnings to stay clear of. You do know none of us is here to practice how to live. We are each here to live life. Learning from other people's experience gives us the benefit of an internship in the embodying of other people.

We can gain as many years of experience as we so choose to live in the embodying of the person whose experience we glean from.

"The most profitless things to manufacture are excuses." — Bertie Charles Forbes

— Bertie Charles Forbes

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Akin Akinbodunse


Akin Akinbodunse (author) from Lagos, Nigeria on February 06, 2021:

It all resides in our will. If we will, we can find away, and we will do it.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 06, 2021:

Interesting and a lot to think about here. If one is able anything is possible.

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