You Can Be Incredibly Successful by Giving an Excuse

Because incredible success starts with an excuse — then, it turns into a purpose.

Illustration by Marly Gallardo/Dribbble

The worst part about going for dinner on wife’s birthday is after returning home: you have to clean the house and make the bed.

Plus, when you’re the only one who can teach programming in a fun way, you are done.

You can’t even give excuses because you know she won’t listen. But you’re courageous this time: “Baby, I’m not feeling well today” and you’re off to bed.

She calls you a few times but even if Sun burns your pocket, you aren’t getting up.

The problem ignites when you finally wake up, in the afternoon. Without brushing, you come closer to her: “Baby, let’s start with programming.”

“Shut up. I’m not in the VIP mood.”

“Okay baby.”

The next day? She still isn’t in the VIP mood.

Not even the whole week.

She’s finally in her VIP mood on next Saturday. But, you have to be out on a business trip for three days.

You can write well. And, she loves to read. “I’ll write the concepts for you before going for work, baby.”

She loves it. Slowly, you monetize it. And after 2 years, you end up teaching over 700k+ students in your app.

That’s the story of Programming Hero. And, now, our core purpose and mission is to make learning programming fun and cheap for everyone.

The worst part about going to a bar is…

Do you know how long this post is? And, do you know the title of this post? The subtitle? How are you so smart?

No no, I didn’t go. I’m underage. Okay, ask my mom: +96892…. I forgot her number. Don’t tell this to her. This is an emergency. She’ll beat me without any mercy. She taught me seven years ago to never forget her number in an emergency. What do I do now, nanny?

…after waking up. Last night you forgot you have a wife. You didn’t make the bed.

“I was drunk, baby.”

“You went to a bar?” *you know the face*

“No no no no, baby. David arranged a small hangover at his home. It was fun. We missed you.”

“We, not you?”

“I mean…” “Okay, I’ll get a maid for you tomorrow.”

I saw this in some movie.

Amazing things start with an excuse.

Excuses open the door we never expected to have.

I didn’t talk with any of my friends at school. I thought “I’m an introvert”, especially because I’m Tony Robbins while I’m chatting. I feel in love with an app and I knew I can get into the team as it is remote. I got into it at 15 while my friends just planned to try TikTok.

I got into the startup. I knew “I didn’t have any skills.” I worked on twenty-one different things for two years to acquire one skill: marketing.

I’m now writing on Medium because I once gave an excuse to my team: “Medium is bad for marketing” after I got rejected by a publication on my ultra-high-definition post I wrote.

You’re reading this because “you aren’t always successful by giving excuses” and are curious today.

Surprisingly, your excuses move you forward all the time. Maybe you take the left turn but you move forward.

Excuses give you the freedom to explore.

Excuses make life easy. It gives you the freedom to explore and exploration brings fun in what you do.

I added some pesky little distractions in between some paragraphs because I know “either my readers will be curious and fall in love with me or I’ll make a custard of my reader’s mood and their trust on me.”

Excuse rocks. Everything else sucks.

Sometimes you can forgive yourself.

Life becomes boring when you don’t run after your interests. Your interests make you interesting.

I saw a new dish at the restaurant last Friday. I wanted to try it. I never had something this sour in my life. I felt my hard-earned pocket money wasted. I never curse anyone except me. I did. I was sad the whole day.

I remembered everyone talking about finding positive sides from everything but never telling how. I tried. It took three hours. I excused me and I was happy: “Yay, I tried something new my friends couldn’t.” My day went productive.

Excuses permit you to forgive yourself. You don’t curse yourself for everything bad that happens which you can’t control.

And, sometimes, forgiving yourself is all that counts to move forward.

Curiosity comes from questioning and excuses makes you question. Questioning solves invisible problems.

We all are PhD holders at giving excuses. You might not realize it but ask your friends.

I committed to writing daily in January but I didn’t feel like writing one day.

I told my mom I’m not feeling well. Something pinched me hard after lying down on the bed for five minutes: I wasn’t sure why I wasn’t feeling well so I wasn’t feeling well now.

I thought about it for half an hour. I remembered I missed the deadline to submit two already written documents to the product manager because mom asked me to take her to the grocery. And, mom is always more important than the world so I forgot.

I sent the documents. I felt good again. I wrote the article that day.

Wisdom is questioning the excuses and you might be surprised.

Backstage romance nobody knows.

  1. I started writing this post two days ago. I got the idea while I was in the washroom. I started writing it at 10.30 p.m. I didn’t finish this yesterday because “I didn’t feel good.” I’m finishing this today but I added two important points I couldn’t think of earlier.
  2. I wrote this story while lying down as usual.
  3. I’m almost done with two other stories today: “Don’t Forget the Soul That Shines. Suits Can Be Rented Too” and “Make Decisions When You’re Sad to Save Abundant Time & Money.”
  4. I wasn’t allowed to sit for my exam today because I’m sick.

Please excuse me now.

My story might not matter but it'll gently touch your interior and remind you how smarter you are. Google forced to include numbers: shajedul.karim.01@gmail.com

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