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Good leaders don’t make excuses

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There are few things more certain than things going wrong. As a leader as it is in life.

I’ve made plenty of mistakes. And I’ve regularly been confronted by my own limitations.

And – no matter how much I meditate, reflect, talk it out (i.e. all the things we’re told to do 🤣) etc. – a deep sense of frustration still arises in me each time.

Good leaders don’t make excuses. Instead, they figure out a way to get it done.

Jocko Willink, Author and retired US Navy SEAL

When I’m at my best, I link this frustration to my inability to deliver the results (directly or through others) that I aspire to.

Sometimes though, I can feel an electric urge to blame something or someone else. To deflect. To excuse myself. To escape the discomfort.

But, if we’re to reach our potential, we must take total ownership of our team’s results. The good with the bad.

When we do this, we force ourselves to see things as they are, not as we wish. And to figure out a way to get it done anyway.

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