In Taekwondo, as well as in life, no one cares about your excuses, your whining, or your sniveling—they only care about your results. During my career as a Navy master chief, I had subordinates who at times did not complete an assigned task. After listening to their excuses for the deficiency, some of which were valid (such as ignorance of some fact or a simple mistake), I only wanted to hear two things from them. "I will complete the task immediately" and "I will take steps to insure the problem never happens again." No matter their reason for not completing the task, the task had to be completed. The person who loses a finger to due to your negligence in not performing proper maintenance on a piece of equipment does not care that you were tired from lack of sleep due to a new baby in your family. No matter what, you are responsible for your own actions.
Nobody wants to hear you whine about a problem, but they will listen if you:
- Point out a problem
- Offer a solution to the problem
- Take action to fix the problem
- Take action to insure the problem does not occur again
Maybe you are too old, too short, too heavy, too tall, too small, too tired, too sick, too hot, etc. but there is little you or anyone else can do to alleviate those things, so whining about them is a waste of everyone's time. Instead, work around the things you cannot change and make the best of things you can change, and of course ― do not whine.
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