I HATE COMPLAINERS.
**deep breath, deep breath**
I’m all fired up today on this topic, because I deal with it nearly every day and it is ONLY GETTING WORSE! As many of you know I coach football and baseball while teaching high school Economics and running my gym (and this site). I have the the excuses that I get on a daily basis grow astronomically.
Let me give you a few examples:
Culture of Today’s Youths
On a Wednesday afternoon I had a student come up to me and say, “Mr. Hashey, I’m not going to be in class on Friday or Monday. I am playing in a game Thursday night at 7 and tournament on Sunday, so I will be tired.” My response was simply, “so what?” People need to hold THEMSELVES to high standards, and quit preparing for failure.
Listen, I was an athlete had a hectic schedule, and went on to play collegiately. NEVER ONCE did I miss school or work because of the weakest excuse - “I’m tired.” I never missed school for the sniffles, and my parents CERTAINLY would not let me miss school because I just didn’t feel like going that day.
I have at least 20 students miss a week (seniors that are going to be our “future”) because they are tired or school “starts too early.” It has broken my soul when I call home and the parents AGREE WITH THE EXCUSES!!!!!!
I’ll just summarize some of the calls for privacy’s sake but essentially every call goes along these lines - “Oh yea, he (or she) is tired in the morning, and takes awhile to get ready, so (the student) will be late a few times here and there.” My jaw still drops some, as I have never heard such craziness. Do they really think their son or daughter will be ready for college in 4 months?
The Superstar Fighter
Let me tell you a story about the gym. I had a fighter call ME and to try for my training program. He came and was pathetically weak. This person could not do 5 push ups, one pull up, or ONE BODY WEIGHT SQUAT. I’ll add that he had a fight scheduled in 2 months. “I can’t wait to get on the program, I need to get stronger” he exclaimed.
Even Glass Joe showed up for his whoopings!
The next week he missed his first workout so I called him up and got this response ” ah, I’m too tired from work today, I’ll email you when I’ll be there.” I knew the writing was on the wall. He never emailed, and I’m glad. I do not have room for such mental weakness to infiltrate my gym.
A Dying Breed
What happened to pushing through adversity to become stronger? What happened to being the best that you can be every day? Are we a dying breed? I sincerely hope not, but the signs are not good!
I will take my hat off to people that are doing the right things. I certainly have students that come to school and do what they are supposed to, but sadly those numbers are dwindling. I have also talked to a few parent’s (the vast MINIORITY) that actually do have high expectations for their children. It is for those groups that I keep on fighting this fight. I certainly left all names out because these people can turn around!!!!
So, if you make excuses - too tired, too busy, etc for your workouts, work, or your family, save them for someone else and GET OFF THIS SITE IMMEDIATELY. We do not have time for your weakness. Toughen up or get out.
- Joe Hashey, CSCS -
I STILL HATE COMPLANERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!