Monday, February 22, 2010

Words Of Wisdom From Eric Hoffer

"There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently. We still have to prove our worth anew each day; we have to prove that we are as good today as we were yesterday. But when we have a valid alibi for not achieving anything we are fixed, so to speak, for life."

— Eric Hoffer


Aaron Friday said...

My favorite alibi is "I performed X, Y and Z, but I didn't train for it."

That leaves the door wide open for what one could achieve if one ever took it seriously enough to train for it, presumably much bigger numbers.

It's an easy way to stake a claim on numbers they've never actually achieved. People do this ALL THE TIME.

Boris said...

It's a good alibi for sure Aaron. It's been a while, I think, but I've used it.

There are so many variants of these, aren't there? Raw-equipped, monolift-stands, drug-free vs. tested, tested vs. "natural", sub-par technique, purist vs. avant-garde, and on and on....