Making Excuses is a Choice.

You always have the choice to make an excuse.

At any point in life (in any situation), you can choose to make excuses.

It's an option that is always available for you.

And just a word or two away at any time.

But what if you didn't need to?

What if you just decided to be amazing and inspiring in spite of your fears and failures.

Carl "Sugarfoot" Joseph was born in Madison, Florida, a little east of the state capital. The fourth of ten children, he was raised by a single mom. They were a poor family living in the country without any real access to recreation or sports facilities.

And that's probably why Carl worked so hard to become a star athlete. Growing up he would play basketball, street football, fight with the older boys. And it taught him to be tough. He would get thrown violently to the ground and spring back up pushing himself back up with his hands to launch himself back into the action.

In seventh grade, he made the basketball team. Standing under the rim, he would jump straight up and dunk the basketball. And that was just the beginning.

In high school, he played basketball, football and track - setting records in almost every sport. At one track event, he high jumped 5' 8" then turned around and threw the shot-put 40 feet and the discus another 130 feet. And in one football game against much bigger opponents who double-teamed him, Carl exploded with 11 tackles, an interception, and a blocked punt.

The young-superstar didn't let down one big as he made the transition to college.

Carl went on to play middle linebacker Bethune Cookman College where five of his teammates went on to play in the NFL including Lee William, who was a Pro-Bowl defensive end for the San Diego Chargers. They were conference champions and a lot of it had to do with the inspiration that came from Carl himself.

You see, Carl was born without a left leg.

Every sports competition was a lopsided effort - everyone else running, turning, and jumping on two feet while Carl did it all hopping on one foot. No prothesis. No crutch. Just heart.

And a lot less excuses.

Carl didn't have a choice how he was born, but he a had choice on how he lived his life.

And so do you.

Every day.  Every hour.  Ever few minutes.  You have a choice to make.

You can make an excuse or pursue excellence...

You probably had a better start in life than Carl Joseph.

You weren't as poor or as crippled.

But I wonder if you make more excuses for what you don't have.