The blame game has been on my mind recently after several emails or phone conversations, plus the results of an exit survey offered when APHA memberships expire. In all cases, people gave reasons (as in, excuses) for why they felt like it was time to give up their practices or let their memberships expire.
In almost every case where someone actually started a practice, then decided to step away, they blame some part of their practice that didn’t work out. They wanted to be independent advocates. They certainly expected to succeed when they got started. Their passion and drive were clearly there! But – they failed. And there is always a reason, or more like a lousy excuse.
It makes me sad, because they have given up dreams, because there will be people who don’t get the help they need, and because if they had been more diligent, those negatives didn’t need to happen.
Thus today’s post. Because the rest of us can learn so much from lousy excuses! Here are five of them (in no particular order), along with the reasons why they don’t hold water. Plus one great reason to walk away – one we can all admire.