Why No Excuse Is Good Enough

The title of this article may not be a Monday Morning Motivator but this man’s story will be…

When I don’t want to get up in the morning because I feel lost in my sheets; when I don’t want to be productive on Monday mornings; when I am feeling the stresses of work (which is me following my passions); I think about James Robertson.

You probably don’t know who he is.

To tell you the truth, I didn’t know who he was until recently myself.

In fact, I can almost guarantee that most people out there have no idea who he is. He wasn’t Steve Jobs’ assistant. He wasn’t the inventor of the Post It. He’s not even a CEO. What he is, however, is a strong, hard-working man who is dedicated to his job.


James Robertson is a 56 year old man who walks 21-miles every weekday to commute to and from work – every day. Enrepreneur.com recently had an article (written by Geoff Weiss) that notes his journey.

Weiss reports that our hero get up at 8AM so that he can take a short bus ride and an eight mile walk so that he can get to work by 12:30. His shift ends at about 10PM, when he hops on another bus and hikes 13 miles. He normally gets home to his girlfriend at around 4 AM, where he naps for four hours just so he can do it all over again the next day. The best part? He’s never been late a day in his life. His boss at Schain Mold & Engineering said, “I set our attendance standard by this man.”


He’s been doing this for nearly ten years (since his car broke down in 2005). He probably won’t be doing it for too much longer though. Since his story spread, there have been GoFundMe campaigns and other types of donations in order to get him a working vehicle, gas money, and money for insurance. Robinson makes about $10.55 an hour which isn’t enough for him to buy, maintain, and insure a car in the city of Detroit – which has one of the highest costs for insurance in America.

So the next time you don’t feel like getting up and going to work, think about James’ story and know that when you’re dedicated to and work hard at your job people take notice.

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About the Author

Thom McFadden, known as Hollywood’s “Coach to the Stars”, has been helping actors, writers, producers, directors and hundreds of other entertainment industry professionals to achieve new levels of success for over twenty years through his personal coaching and life-changing seminars and courses. Thom has been featured in 26 mainstream movies and over 100 television shows over his illustrious career.