What is Your Excuse?
Warhawk Matt Scott (born March 27, 1985), is an American wheelchair basketball player. He was on the gold medal winning team and was also nominated as the Best Male Athlete with a Disability ESPY Award at the 2007 Parapan American Games in Brazil. He has Spina bifida and competed in the Summer Paralympics in 2004 and 2008. He was the first Paralympian to star in a Nike Inc. advertisement.
Matt Scott’s No Excuses Nike Commercial is incredibly inspiring and motivating. It’s a tangible example of the countless reasons we come up with to stop us from doing what we could be doing. And it ends brilliantly showing that excuses are just that…excuses.
Here is the transcript of Warhawk Matt Scott in Nike’s No Excuses commercial:
I’m too beat. I’m too slow. Too big. I ate too much for breakfast. I got a headache. It’s raining. My dog is sick. I can’t right now. I’m not inspired. It makes me smell bad. I’m allergic too stuff. I’m fat. I’m thin. It’s too hot. I’m not right. I’ve got shin splits. A headache. I’m distracted. I’m exerting myself too much. I’d love to really but I can’t, I just can’t. My favorite show is on. I’ve got a case of the Mondays. The Tuesdays. The Wednesdays. I don’t want to do this; I want to do something else. After new years. Next week. I might make a mistake. I got homework and I feel bloated. I have gas. I got a hot date. My coach hates me.My mom won’t let me. I bruise easily. It’s too dark. It’s too cold. My blister hurts. This is dangerous. Ahhh sorry, I don’t have a bike. I didn’t get enough sleep. My tummy hurts. It’s not in my genes. I don’t want to look all tired out. I need a better coach. I don’t like getting tackled. I have a stomach ache. I’m not the athletic type. I don’t want to get sweaty. I have better things to do. I don’t want to slow you down. Do I have to do this? As soon as I get a promotion. I think I’ll sit this one out. Man, my feet hurt.
( Matt slams two basket balls on the court as the screen pans out and watches Matt move away from the basketballs using a wheelchair.)
What is your excuse?
Take a moment and reflect on your life. On a daily basis, how many times do you spew out lame excuses for not getting up, getting out and doing something? How many times have we given ourselves an excuse for not doing something that we should do or could do? Remember what Alexander Pope said a long time ago: An excuse is worse than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.
Quit making excuses: putting it off, complaining about it, dreaming about it, whining about it, crying about it, believing you can’t, worrying until you are older, skinnier, richer, braver, or all around better. Just Do It.
The secret to realising your potential? To uncommon success? To happiness?
Offer no excuses! Accept no excuses!
Click here to watch the Nike commercial featuring Matt Scott No Excuses Commercial.