A Long Excuse

Reblogger Kathy Streib
Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

We've all heard those kinds of excuses when really the best thing is "I'm sorry, I messed up.What can I do to make it up to you?"

Original content by Lou Ludwig


A Long Excuse

“The longer the excuse, the less likely it’s the truth.”

Robert Half 1918 – 2001, American Businessman


As I see it . . . . . . .


A long excuse


I would say a long excuse is always interesting . . . .


The longer the excuse becomes the wider the gap becomes between the truth and the excuse. In fact some excuses would make a miniseries on TV.


What’s interesting is some people will put in more time and effort into creating the excuse, then in doing what had to be done right . . . .  the first time.


When you start to hear a long excuse for whatever it is . . . . The excuse is creating a long and slippery path . . . . and the other person is asking you to take the journey with them.


I can tell you from past experiences . . . . that’s not a journey that you want to take.


When the long excuse comes into the conversation . . . . the other person is trying to mislead you and misdirect your thinking in the wrong direction.


The best way to defuse a long excuse is to ask specific questions . . . . to gather the information that you need to make a good decision. Also when the other person starts to ramble at the first opportunity either restate your question . . . . or ask a question to get a direct answer to get them back on track.


A long excuse . . . . is only  talking points with weak substance. Stay focus on asking questions that will lead the person to answer the question directly. One of two things will happen as a result of your questions . . . . you will get answer . . . . or the other person will lose the composure and look reality bad.


©2014 Lou Ludwig Motivational Power Quote, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author











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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Alliance Real Estate - Minot - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate

There is a lot of truth in this message Kathy Streib .

May 05, 2018 04:19 PM #1
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

This reminds me of my favorite extracted video that I send to people when I get a long excuse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZqfxoCYfxw

May 05, 2018 04:36 PM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

"When the long excuse comes into the conversation . . . . the other person is trying to mislead you and misdirect your thinking in the wrong direction." 

I like that one, Kathy!

May 05, 2018 04:44 PM #3
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

This is very true.  Any excuse is worth less the longer it takes to explain

May 05, 2018 06:46 PM #4
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Absolutely agree, Kathy Streib. It's SO much easier just accepting responsibility for a mistake. Plus the truth is a lot less to remember than what excuses you've made...

Thanks for sharing,


May 05, 2018 07:56 PM #5
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Lou Ludwig lives on and on in The Rain, so many honor him with their re-blogs. He's missed, but is immortalized and continues to inspire us...and that is a hell of a legacy for a him.

May 05, 2018 08:03 PM #6
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Lou always shared great quotes. Thank you for reblogging the post 

May 06, 2018 03:16 AM #7
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

So true.

May 06, 2018 05:22 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I long ago learned that excuses never make a situation better and even sorry doesn't help at times, but it is good to acknowledge a mistake.

May 06, 2018 07:02 AM #9
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Thanks for the reblog, Kathy, and this is so true. The truth is always easier to remember too. 

May 06, 2018 10:21 AM #10
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