In 1947, Andy Dufresne was charged guilty for the murder of his wife and her lover, Glenn Quentin. Indeed, on the night of their death, Andy parked outside Quentin’s house knowing they were having sex inside. However, he controlled himself and drove off.
Coincidentally, a criminal broke into the house and killed them in cold blood. He was never found and unfortunately, Andy was found guilty instead and sentenced to 2 life imprisonment; one for each of the deceased meaning, even in his next world, he would have to serve another life imprisonment again.
For the first month in prison, Andy uttered no word until he discovered the softness of the cement used for the cell walls. Hence, the first thing he said to one of the inmates was that he needed a rock hammer Afterward, every night, inch by inch, Andy would carve a tunnel through a wall that was 10 feet thick.
Yet this was going to take years because digging the length of two grown men in one go would result in a pile of rocks and dusts in his cell and will obviously alert the guards. So, he had to noiselessly carve minimal amounts every night while everyone was asleep.
Then, he would hide the handful of rocks that fell down in his pockets and disperse them in the prison field every morning when no one was looking. As for the hole, he covered it with a poster.
In 1966, Andy finally pierced through to the other side. Still, it wasn’t the end as there was a 500-yard-long sewage pipe where all the urine, feces, and every kind of human waste from the prison goes to be flushed into a nearby river. Note that 500 yards is the length of five football fields. But Andy’s will made him crawl half a mile of shit till he got out and escaped.
When his fellow inmate initially gave him with the hammer, he thought Andy merely needed it for self-defense and even if he wanted to use it to pierce through the wall, it would take him 600 years. Andy did it in 19 years. He spent 6,939 days working on his goal and not for one single day did he give up or give excuses.
This is a testament to the fact that a will always finds a way. So the truth is, if you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. But if you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.
In other words, the only thing between you and your dreams are your excuses. If a man can patiently work day and night at his goal even when he knows it’s gonna take him donkey’s years, then what really is your excuse?
Now I’m not asking you to get into prison to put your willpower to a test. Nah! I’m saying whatever dreams you have, give it all it takes!
So what have you got? A will or just excuses?
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