No whining. No complaining. No excuses. Those things are for losers!

It was February 2011. On this particular day, I was running a high school varsity basketball practice. We started practicing at 6:00pm. All players were there, except for one: Chad Gerber. 10 minutes later, Chad arrives. As he arrives, I motioned him to come to me. As he approached, I said, “What’s your excuse? Start singing!”

To my astonishment, Chad said, “Coach, I don’t have any excuse! I was late … period! Whatever the consequences, I’m prepared to deal with them!” When he said that, I literally gave him a big, fat, long hug! In fact, as the rest of the team was practicing, I called them over to express my pleasure in what Chad did!

I was elated because Chad understood a valuable life lesson. Don’t ever give excuses. It’s a sign of weakness, and a sure way of losing respect and credibility with others! Don’t get me wrong, sometimes things happen. My point is giving excuses is a mindset. If a person is constantly looking to blame someone or something else for his or her shortcomings, long-term that could be troubling.

Let’s be like Chad Gerber! Let’s have the mindset of never giving excuses. I believe excuses are for losers.

P.S. I later found out that Chad Gerber had a legitimate reason for being late, which was totally out of his control. Yet, he still took the heat! I was even more impressed with him when I found that out!

About the author 

Coach Berry

John Berry (a.k.a. Coach Berry) has been a basketball coach and skill development trainer since 1993 and has coached hundreds of games and instructed 1,000’s of kids. Coach Berry is, and always has been committed to helping youth in life and on the basketball court.