Over 10 years ago we were a couple weeks away from our first child being born. I was busy growing our business and Sarah was getting everything ready at home.
I started the process of recruiting a new sales rep. We had a great discussion and he seemed like this could be a good fit.
The next day Sarah went into labor early and our daughter was born.
The whirlwind of our first baby took over. We were at the hospital making sure mother and baby were great. Then we brought her home and were trying to figure out what to do and how to do it.
It took me more than a week to get back to the sales rep I was trying to recruit. I told him that we had a baby and I was sorry for the gap in our conversations and then he very honestly said, “If you had called back last week, I was on board. But as time passed, I talked myself out of it.”
The takeaway for me was – “ALL EXCUSES ARE EQUAL:”
It doesn’t matter if you had a baby, or any other really great excuse. If it takes you away from your goal, in the end an excuse is an excuse.
In the world’s mind what matters is you get the job done.
I think it is a great lesson for all of us – All Excuses Are Equal