Smacht Blog – Stalked by a person called EWIC – 19th September 2011

For most of my life I’ve been stalked by a person called EWIC.

EWIC is an acronym for ‘Excuses Why I Can’t.’

She would appear at all significant decision points in my life.

In my early days EWIC often appeared to me seductively under the guise of ‘You’re too young.’

Latterly, she’s begun to pose as a wise and erudite ‘You’re too old.’

Luckily for me, somewhere out in that cosmic cornucopia, is a benign competing force that occasionally reminds me that:

Tiger Woods was only 3 years old when he shot under 50 for 9 holes.

Mozart was only 8 when he wrote his first symphony.

Paul Mc Cartney was 15 when a guy called John Lennon asked him to be part of a band.

Bill Gates was 19 when he cofounder Microsoft in the middle of a recession.

Ralph Lauren was 29 when he created Polo.

Shakespeare was 31 when he wrote Romeo and Juliet.

The aforementioned Bill Gates was 31 when he was declared a billionaire.

Mother Teresa was 40 when she founded the Missionaries of Charity.

Jack Nicklaus was 46 when he shot 65 to win the Masters.

Henry Ford was 50 when he started manufacturing.

Ray Kroc was a 52 year old milkshake machine salesman when he bought out the McDonald brothers and started McDonalds.

Pablo Picasso was 55 when he painted ‘Guernica’.

Dom Perignon was 60 when he first produced champagne.

Nelson Mandela was 71 when he was released from Robin Island prison and was elected president 4 years later.

Michaelangelo was 72 when he designed the Dome of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Dimitrion Yordanidis was 98 when he ran a marathon in 7 hours and 33 minutes, in Athens, Greece.

Ichijirou Araya was 100 when he climbed Mount Fugi.

This week, try

living excuse free.

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