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19 pictures which scream NO EXCUSES

Probably one of the only times I think saying, “No” is alright, as in No Excuses.

No Excuses must be one of the strongest things you can tell yourself, because it wakes you up and lets you know what you’re actually saying to yourself… … to hold yourself back.

Nothing more, nothing less.

However legitimate, reasonable, excusable, tired, bored, unmotivated, lazy, partied out, discouraged, listless, lethargic, stupid, slack or whatever the hell you are, guess what? There’s probably someone out there worse off and always willing to try anyway.

Boom. I found all this over the net and some of them I interpreted myself, so it’s not all about fitness.

No excuses to not smile and be happy

Age is not an excuse bro!

Jung Da Yeon: Age 43. Age is not excuse to not look sizzling hot

No excuses to not make ART!

No excuses to not make beautiful music

No excuses to not coexist peacefully

No excuses to not get along

No excuses to get your ass to exercise

No excuses to not be happy with all the shit you own 

No excuses to not be thankful 

No excuses to not move on with life

No excuses for the life you own

Being fat is not an excuse

The world and the universe are amazing

No excuses

Isn’t it time for you to stop with the excuses?

Yep! It’s time for you to step your shit up and create amazing shit for yourself!

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270 comments

  1. Financial Samurai - June 24, 2012 5:57 pm

    Love it man! Motivating!

    Like the babies dancing, the 70 year old ripped, and the man painting with his foot.

    Gonna go work out now and finish up my book on how to profitably quit your job and live the life you’ve always wanted!

    Reply
    • alden - June 25, 2012 6:36 am

      Nice!

      The babies dancing have been ripped into a meme at gag sites, but oh well. I decided to twist it :)

      Reply
    • Roger - April 12, 2013 4:30 pm

      Somebody have to work you know 😉

      Reply
  2. Chuck Bartok - June 24, 2012 8:38 pm

    Really great job. The layout was inspirational. Thanks for sharing

    Reply
    • alden - June 25, 2012 6:37 am

      Thanks Chuck.

      Which was more inspiring to you?

      Reply
  3. sharon - June 24, 2012 9:14 pm

    Awe and then some. Extraordinary reminders of the difference between “I can…” and “I WILL!” Thanks

    Reply
    • alden - June 25, 2012 6:37 am

      No prob Sharon!

      No excuses seem to be more about fitness today, but I rather change it for life!

      Reply
  4. Joe - June 25, 2012 1:42 am

    This is inspiring! African babies is the best picture. It shows that anyone can get happiness. 2nd best is the 43 year old pretty lady…hahaha!

    Reply
    • alden - June 25, 2012 6:38 am

      Haha yeah, she’s hot! 😉

      Reply
  5. Craig McBreen - June 25, 2012 3:07 am

    Alden,

    Love this! Very inspiring so thanks for sharing!

    I love them all, … but a big woot to 43-year-old Jung Da Yeon 😉

    Plus the 70-year-old guy has inspired me. Won’t miss my workout tomorrow morning.

    Thanks, Sir!

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    • alden - June 25, 2012 6:38 am

      Craig!

      Thanks so much for dropping by!

      I could use some motivation myself, have been cutting on my workout haha.

      Reply
  6. Carolyn - June 25, 2012 7:18 am

    Great post Alden, I’ve forwarded it to everyone I know and tweeted it to try and touch the millions I don’t.

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    • alden - June 25, 2012 9:39 am

      Thanks so much Carolyn :) you rock.

      Reply
  7. Scarlett - June 25, 2012 10:00 am

    Love this! xx

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    • alden - June 25, 2012 5:39 pm

      Love it that you dropped by!

      Reply
  8. Arthur - June 25, 2012 11:30 am

    No excuses not to express abundance, holy, to draw all that intricacy with just 2 toes.

    Hands down one of the most craftily chosen images on the net, a fantastic set :)

    Reply
    • alden - June 25, 2012 5:35 pm

      Arthur! It’s been awhile!

      I know right.

      Hence, no excuses for us when we break or pop or lock eh? 😉

      Reply
      • Arthur - June 29, 2012 9:59 am

        Totally man, hahaha it’s ALL the same, what’s the difference?

        Drawing ink on the floor with watercolor brushes Beijing people style, or creating a blog post or a dance routine, it’s all the same man.

        It’s hype what’s going on with the blog and what you are doing in terms of traffic, content and I can feel more heart in every post you write dude.

        Love. It.

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        • alden - June 30, 2012 8:14 am

          Thanks so much man, those words mean a lot.

          You and Jason definitely helped a lot.

          Oh and thanks for drafting up the email for me! GREAT STUFF!

          Reply
  9. Kunal - June 25, 2012 12:16 pm

    Awesome post buddy…Inspiring to me with all my issues….Looking at ppl having no limbs and following their passions, definetely inspiring…

    Reply
    • alden - June 25, 2012 5:34 pm

      I know right?

      Losing a limb is one of my greatest fears. I can’t imagine living a life, much less a positive one with something missing.

      Reply
  10. Katie - June 25, 2012 12:21 pm

    Alden, You rock!

    shared on FB. : )

    Reply
    • alden - June 25, 2012 5:34 pm

      Thanks so much Katie!

      Reply
  11. Colleen - June 25, 2012 12:55 pm

    Alden, you rock! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    Particularly related to the quotes by Scott Hamilton and Samuel Ullman!

    Jung Da Yeon and the girl running on the beach are very inspirational! They both prove that there is no reason to be out of shape, fat or sitting on a couch! Wake up America!

    Reply
    • alden - June 25, 2012 5:33 pm

      Hey Colleen!

      Thanks for dropping by man.

      Haha Jung Da Yeon is HOT!

      Getting into shape is something anyone can definitely do.

      Reply
  12. Fu_Basho - June 25, 2012 8:43 pm

    Great post, I mean the idea behind it.

    Though, I think what you’re trying to do will backfire if you’re basically telling everyone you’re trying to motivate that if their lives are in dissarray or not where they themselves would wish them to be they’re obviously not doing anything.

    Ever hear of despair? Its that feeling that no matter what you do, you’re fucked. (sorry, but I must use the expletive for effect).

    Prosthetic limbs don’t solve everything, and there aren’t prosthesis for lots of things:

    such as killed spirits. a faulty neurological system. you can’t buy one of those. it’s not a piece of machinery that is easily purchased and replaced, even by an expert. Takes time.

    I beg you to find the difference between an excuse and an explanation, for an excuse is when one wants impunity from the consequences for doing or not doing something–which lots of people aren’t asking for, and you can tell this, by their reading stuff like this..it means they’re trying. And please don’t pull a “don’t try, do” Yoda bit, because, this isn’t a movie…some things need to be worked at in processes, you don’t just “do” (almost) anything, literally, ever.

    We–nay, I won’t speak for everyone, but *I* don’t read your posts to be talked down to, or treated like their in bootcamp. You’re no drill seargant. You’re supposed to encourage them. Help them.
    Some people apparently dig that, I don’t. I don’t find it encouraging in the least. And if you do manage to motivate people who aren’t masochists, you’ll find everything comes from a place of anger or self-loathing.

    The whole “I’m not good enough” place.
    I don’t know exactly how you wanted people to feel when reading this..but there’s no other thing I can see, being echoed mainly here other than

    ” you suck, if youre life isn’t AMAZING– RIGHT NOW”

    I read stuff like this looking for hope. Looking for the people who “get it”–not just spout it. For life hacks and encouragement…Not to be told that if I haven’t fought cancer or gotten over losing multiple limbs, I’m obviouslynot doing enough in my tiny, uninspirational life. Hell, I feel like a superhero when I have a good day outside my house without having to combat a single panic attack. Or if I engage in natural conversation with another human being
    Or don’t hesitate to make a decision that once would’ve made me stumble for a bit, because…

    crap…
    I spent my life being told what I should and shouldn’t do. Anyone who grew up in a cult-like religious organization can tell you how that is. You can’t even decide what to wear, most times.

    And with so many people out here, telling people, in general, with no religious motives, what they “ought” to do, in any case:
    it’s really hard to know who to tune out, and who to listen to.
    Who has your best interests in heart, who cares (at all, period, really). Who’s trying to trap you into another pantomime: a place where you’re constantly trying to prove to yourself that you’re a worthy individual *
    It’s really freaking hard. Extremely.

    Blaming someone for the conditions of their lives because of sought advice:
    Absolves society for being a ruthless place (with hardly any empathy or sympathy in it) that largerly revolves around people doing what is considered socially proper and rewarding and punishing people for not doing or doing them.
    No one says that people shouldn’t be held accountable (for as much as their motivation can be folly)–but to lambaste them for making (or not making) a mistake?
    Is that what self-help is about? help, period? I don’t see the help-ing … I mean, unless you really get off on that… I never learned from being yelled at or told I was crappy or lazy–and if I ever did do anything, I wasn’t happy at all. I was filled with vitriol and unsettling feeling the entire time.
    C’mon, I thought you were going to help people be free and enjoy LIVING (on their own terms)?

    as much as you’d like to help your readers and subscribers (one being me)
    I pray you’d consider, some of us have sensitivities. Limitations. Some that are not easily, and others impossible to surmount–and our only way to be brave is to go forward and find ways to DEAL with this inconvenience. This is courage, also.
    Some of us may not be doing what you and other life advisers and coaches think we should (here we go again with the advice, thing), but we’re doing what we can.
    And hopefully that means we’re working to better ourselves, also.

    trying = working — they’re just different ways to put it
    but if you’re not doing anything at all–you’re not trying. You’re just not doing anything.

    I’d just advise you, in the future, if you really want to help people (especially to not alienate people like myself who may have neurological limitations), refrain from thinking in a one-size-fits-all way…
    consider also (furthering my point):
    IF an individual really do have a problem with being overweight, that is, say, due to a genetic illness (I don’t, in fact, my metabolism is ridiculous)…
    someone telling you, your not being able to lose weight (or do a butterfly twist -hahahhahaha!) is INEXUSABLE…
    really?

    *yeah..this self-{un}help” thing is a racket, among others). why? having people feel they constantly have to be playing catch-up and living the “epic” life, when contentedness is hard to come by, in itself.

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    • Amelia - June 27, 2012 5:36 am

      Thank you, and amen. Just because people don’t see my struggles doesn’t mean they are excuses for anything lacking that they do see.

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    • alden - June 27, 2012 7:41 am

      That is a mouthful Basho! Thanks for taking the time to tell me how you feel!

      I understand where you’re coming from. Perhaps “no excuses” sound like a “now or never” thing, but I think it’s the push people need now and then, as people do tend to make up excuses.

      One cannot ever judge others for the lives they live, but some encouragement, however harsh it is would be great to help others now and then for sure.

      Drop me an email if you want to discuss more :)

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      • Sonia - June 29, 2012 5:50 pm

        Don’t trip Alden…it was a great post and I think reading too much into it is kinda silly. It was simply a post with some inspiring pictures. There is always going to be a comment to say otherwise. Good for you Alden and thanks again!

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        • alden - June 29, 2012 9:47 pm

          Haha thanks Sonia. Don’t worry I’m not tripping, never was :P.

          Indeed there is always going to be a comment otherwise, but just thought of seeing where it would go.

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    • maate - June 28, 2012 12:25 pm

      Something like this is, I think, an art, an expression of what someone thinks and what their lives have lead them up to until this point in spacetime. and the awesome thing about art is the fact that everyone can look at it and depending on what sort of life-situation they’re in will think and react differently than any other human being. This is why we should stop discussing what this guy posted and just tell out mates about it, tell your parents, shit, tell some homeless guy that looks nice, because, you’re right, you are an individual (with quite a lovely way with words), and so are the other individuals around you and sharing what things like that mean to you right now in spacetime is part of being human, about learning, about working and changing (and don’t get me started on loving), and sharing lives, stories, experiences, knowledge, art. we want to be happy, but some of us are lacking motivation, and maybe it’s because this unconscious weight of how fucked up things are around the world over our minds that make what we do almost irrelivant on an global, let alone astronomical, scale. but don’t get me wrong, that’s not what i think, i know that what we do as individuals has an enormous effect on both a personal and global psyche. this is why things like this are awesome, both the post and what this other guy wrote, because for some reason, i came across this and it made me sad but it also made me smile because i’m young but am learning that i have to do what i know, not my mind, not my body but what i need to do and work at to be who i am and how i interact with my fellow human-friends. maybe we just all need to do more nice things more often and maybe read more book.

      also i think that many religions are clinging to the hope that if we don’t meet aliens while we’re alive maybe we’ll meet them when we’re dead. one love, human friends.

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      • alden - June 30, 2012 8:24 am

        I honestly… am not sure what the hell you’re talking about.

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    • Derrick - August 20, 2012 3:14 pm

      You have no excuses as to why you’re comment had to be that long.

      Reply
  13. Nicole - June 26, 2012 5:21 pm

    Really inspirational
    I love it!

    Reply
    • alden - June 27, 2012 7:35 am

      Thanks Nicole! I love it that you dropped by

      Reply
  14. name - June 26, 2012 9:34 pm

    a lot of nice stuff :)
    but, sorry, how exactly is a one hour work out 4% of your day?

    Reply
    • alden - June 27, 2012 7:36 am

      24 hours in a day, 1 hour/ 24 hours x100% = roughly 4% :)

      Reply
  15. JJ - June 26, 2012 11:20 pm

    4%= (1 HOUR / 24 HOURS (1DAY)) X 100= 4.16666, WELL THAT DO NOT TAKE ON COUNT YOU MUST SLEEP, WORK/STUDY, EAT, TRAVEL FROM POINT A TO B, NOW AVAILABLE TIME OF DAY NOW THATS DIFFERENT.

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    • alden - June 27, 2012 7:37 am

      Haha it’s up to you to how you want to use your time I guess.

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      • NotExactly - June 28, 2012 7:01 pm

        Except as a human being you don’t get to opt out of eating, sleeping or defecating. You have to do them whether you want to spend the time or not. That is supposed to account for 8-10 hours of every day, so you’re looking at maybe 15 hours left that is discretionary. Except for a good portion of the world, who loses over half of *that* to employment. Regardless of who you are or what you do, saying 4% isn’t fair when a third of the day is spent on things that you cannot physically avoid, and another third on things that you cannot realistically avoid.

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        • alden - June 28, 2012 9:44 pm

          Thanks for pointing out obvious rhetoricals no one cares about.

          Stop being a downer, and get out more.

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          • Jason "J-Ryze" Fonceca - June 30, 2012 9:50 pm

            This stuff is funny lol.

            There’s 7 billion people in the world. They all live different ways.

            There are people who fast and live on far less sleep.

            There are celebrities who who work massive chunks of time without either.

            Maybe read this: http://ryzeonline.com/fire-your-doctor-eat-like-charlie-sheen-and-win-at-life

            Either way, even if you don’t AGREE with something, hating on it on a blog like some random spaz has never really been a ruly Wise Investment Of Time, y’know?

            But hey, keep doin’ you :)

          • alden - July 2, 2012 7:31 am

            Lol nicely said Jason.

            7 billion people alone will provide millions of school of thoughts. Too bad somehow it’s usually black and white which spawns hate and flame, from spaz.

          • bob - September 12, 2012 10:26 pm

            I love how you take time to reply to all the people who thanked for you for article, presumably to make yourself seem like you care what they think.

            And then when someone points out an incontrovertible fact, you turn into some kind of monster and berate him.

            Got an excuse for that?

          • alden - September 13, 2012 6:53 am

            NO

        • Tiago Faria - June 29, 2012 12:05 pm

          hmm lets ear your excuses again?! Even you are the most busy person of the world you can still do some fast pushups, table pullups, squats etc during your day. How much day time would you use to do pushups to failure? Or get home and play a 3 song playlist and do the more pushups / pullups you can in that time.

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          • alden - June 30, 2012 8:16 am

            Oh man I love push ups and chin ups, they’re the bomb and work best for me. Gotta admit, sometimes it takes me a while to do some sets, but I still do’em anyway.

  16. Dylan - June 27, 2012 12:27 am

    What they didn’t tell you is the 70 year old man was a doctor who prescribed himself human growth hormones and steroids. It is all well and good if your a doctor and can do this, but realistically it would take most 70 yearolds longer than they have left on the planet to do this.

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    • alden - June 27, 2012 7:38 am

      Oh wow really? Shit thanks for telling me. Haha oh well, I guess still, when there’s a will, there’s a way, be it through hormones and stuff.

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      • Jason "J-Ryze" Fonceca - June 30, 2012 9:52 pm

        Maybe he did that, maybe he didn’t, it’s pretty interesting trying to find Solid Facts on the Internet lol.

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    • Gerry - August 12, 2014 3:09 pm

      Dylan, just exactly how do you know the 70 year old is a doctor who got hormones and such?
      I have met people older than this guy who were in as good shape or better and they were not doctors prescribing themselves drugs! They just take great care of themselves!
      Are you some kind of health expert? Or are you just jealous because you don’t look this good and fear you never will, or are you just some kind of troll in general?

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  17. Tim E. - June 27, 2012 4:48 am

    Not trying to be negative here, but the seventy-year-old guy is a spokesman for human growth hormones. He’s kind of a cheater.

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    • alden - June 27, 2012 7:39 am

      Ahh I see! Haha cheater or not, I guess it’s up to you if you want it!

      Reply
  18. Neil - June 27, 2012 1:42 pm

    Is that last picture of the stars real?
    If so, where is it?
    I would spend ridiculous money to see that!

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    • alden - June 27, 2012 8:30 pm

      Hey man,

      I found the picture at http://www.highexistence.com in their pictures section. Check it out!

      If you want, I can contact the owner to find out where it was taken :)

      Reply
      • Neil - June 27, 2012 10:05 pm

        That would be good if you could mate. Never seen anything like it!

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        • alden - June 28, 2012 7:10 am

          Ahh he told me that a user submitted it. That’s all :)

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  19. Sonia - June 27, 2012 4:58 pm

    Alden, this was amazing. I had to look at each and every picture. Some made me laugh and others inspired the hell out of me. So many excuses we say to ourselves when others out there just DO IT. Right on Alden…we need posts like this bro.

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    • alden - June 27, 2012 8:31 pm

      Sonia!

      Thanks so much for coming by.

      I’ve been seeing a lot of No Excuses pictures around so I decided to put’em together. The thing is, most of them were about fitness, so I decided to tweak some of them.

      Glad they inspired you!

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    • Jason "J-Ryze" Fonceca - June 30, 2012 9:53 pm

      Seconded :)

      Reply
  20. lily - June 27, 2012 11:28 pm

    this was just the perfect thing to StumbleUpon, thanks for adding something so positive and motivational up here on the internet :) youre awesome!

    Reply
    • alden - June 28, 2012 7:10 am

      Thanks Lily! You’re awesome for dropping by and reaching out!

      Reply
  21. Olivia - June 27, 2012 11:37 pm

    I really hope that last picture of the stars is real. I would cry if I ever saw that view.

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    • lee g - June 28, 2012 3:01 am

      U CAN. If go camping far away from any city lights, maybe above 6000ft above sea level. That is where u will find such places.
      I know, I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

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      • alden - June 28, 2012 7:11 am

        Amen to that. I hope to do so too one day.

        Where’ve you been to exactly Lee G?

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  22. Lindsey - June 28, 2012 4:11 am

    I really love the “No excuses to live the life you own” picture. I’m about to make a big move in a week because I decided to stop listening to all the voices saying how I need to live my life.

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    • alden - June 28, 2012 7:11 am

      Glad you are Lindsey, glad you’re.

      What big move would this be?

      Reply
  23. Shepard - June 28, 2012 4:21 am

    Does anyone know where the “universe” one was taken?

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    • Jason "J-Ryze" Fonceca - June 30, 2012 9:54 pm

      Everyone asked above, best answer so far – away from the city… 6000ft above sea level :)

      Reply
  24. Andrew - June 28, 2012 4:50 am

    Very inspirational indeed.
    That said I don’t really get the ones about the old man or the one legged dude that decided to get buff.
    I get the gist of what they’re trying to say but why would being 70yo or having only one leg prevent you from hitting the Roids?
    The shot of the night sky is truely stunning.

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    • alden - June 28, 2012 7:14 am

      Hey Andrew,

      I guess because people would generally take age and losing a limb to lose all motivation to get buff.

      I personally don’t know how I’d be like if I ever lose a limb. Probably sink into depression.

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  25. Pete - June 28, 2012 8:53 am

    I almost like this post. It has really good intentions, but it’s ruined in the first picture with “IF YOU DONT POST THIS YOU DONT HAVE A HEART”. I hate dicks who use quotes like that as a kickstart to try and get their captioned picture all over Facebook.

    Reply
    • alden - June 28, 2012 9:34 am

      I know where you’re coming from Pete, but ignore that shit. Focus on the beautiful smile the little kid has :)

      Reply
      • Jason "J-Ryze" Fonceca - June 30, 2012 9:55 pm

        I agree, letting a tiny detail like that ruin such an inspiring post seems “not-super-helpful” :)

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        • alden - July 2, 2012 7:29 am

          There’s always that one guy… lol

          Reply
  26. AJ - June 28, 2012 1:35 pm

    Speaking as a person with a disability, I understand that this is well-intentioned but it’s kind of insulting frankly.

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    • alden - June 28, 2012 3:13 pm

      AJ, thanks for sharing your views.

      Why so? Please share.

      Me and probably a whole lot of others cannot imagine what you go through in life. I personally have great respect for people with disabilities, cause I can’t imagine going through my own life with one.

      Why do you find it insulting?

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  27. Mitchell Leary - June 28, 2012 1:36 pm

    Very good! No-excuses, No fear, Life is But a Dream, Don’t be a part of history………make your own!

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    • alden - June 28, 2012 3:13 pm

      For real Mitchell :)

      Reply
  28. Jessica Wainwright - June 28, 2012 1:37 pm

    I’ve been using excuses for way too long. I think I am going to start right now and try to get myself where I need to be! Thanks!

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    • alden - June 28, 2012 3:13 pm

      Glad it helped Jessica :) Start now, take it step by step.

      Reply
  29. rhonda - June 28, 2012 4:50 pm

    This is incredible. Excuses can be the death of you. Putting things off and saying you cant /won’t. I love how you put these pics into words.

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    • alden - June 28, 2012 6:31 pm

      Thank you Rhonda :)

      Reply
  30. Samantha Hill - June 28, 2012 6:20 pm

    No excuse to wear crocs, even if you are a great artist

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    • alden - June 28, 2012 6:31 pm

      LOL spot on Samantha! I HATE crocs! Never wore’em before, and never will.

      Reply
  31. CINDY - June 28, 2012 9:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve been so depressed, and I needed this today.

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    • alden - June 28, 2012 9:43 pm

      Why Cindy? Glad it help. Drop me an email if you want :)

      Reply
      • CINDY - June 29, 2012 9:48 am

        Thank you Alden. I have severe depression since the loss of my daughter years ago. Right now, we are homeless, jobless, and I have some serious health problems. It’s easy to get lost in the gloom, but these photos make you realize that it could always be worse. Bless you for helping those of us who need that lift!

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        • alden - June 30, 2012 8:13 am

          I’m really sorry to hear that Cindy. And you’re really brave to open up right here.

          Bless yourself for helping yourself :)

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  32. Sarah - June 29, 2012 6:38 am

    What a great post! Uplifting, wonderful, and encouraging.

    …Though slightly muddled towards the end when greeted with an ad for “FREE 5-step Series to stop giving a f**k.” (Except without the censoring.) That almost tainted the whole experience, but thankfully, I was able to focus on the positive. :)

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    • alden - June 29, 2012 6:48 am

      Hehe that’s just my free email course 😛

      Reply
    • Jason "J-Ryze" Fonceca - June 30, 2012 9:56 pm

      If you like Alden’s post, you’d probably love his e-mail course, if you can get past the cussing.

      It’s absolutely fantastic, inspiring, and very personal.

      Reply
      • alden - July 2, 2012 7:29 am

        Thanks Jason 😛

        Reply
  33. Tiago Faria - June 29, 2012 10:03 am

    … and if you don’t have motivation to workout or do some other thing just force yourself! I’m sure a lot of people don’t want to wake up early to go to work but they have to! So, even if don’t want you have to! It’s not an option.

    Great post!!!

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    • alden - June 30, 2012 8:15 am

      Nicely said Taigo :)

      Reply
  34. edna - June 29, 2012 10:26 am

    thanks alden it reflect in my life, that life is not perfect. thats treasure and love every moment we have in life.

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    • alden - June 30, 2012 1:07 pm

      Great Edna! No excuses to not love life then!!!

      Reply
  35. Ryan Hanley - June 29, 2012 1:14 pm

    I like that you finished with the Universe shot.

    Moving stuff brother… Thank you!

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    • alden - June 30, 2012 8:16 am

      RYAN!

      Thanks for dropping by man. Love it.

      I love that picture too. It’s now my desktop wallpaper.

      Reply
  36. avisioncame - June 29, 2012 5:54 pm

    But there is an excuse…I’m lazy.

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    • alden - June 30, 2012 8:17 am

      Stop being lazy then.

      Reply
  37. David Harbour - June 29, 2012 11:53 pm

    Alden,

    Those who were upset by this post missed a very important point. I know I grew up with the same physical disorder that Sean Stephenson(OI) has only a milder form. I recall being in the hospital, one of many times, feeling sorry for myself. In the bed next to me was an infant of 3 or 4 years old. He had been born with stubs for arms and legs, Yet when they strapped on the prosthetics you should have seen him go! So who the hell was I to complain? At least I had all my limbs even if they didn’t work that well, it was a defining moment in my dealing with physical limitations, which, by the way, I have never allowed to hold me back! Seeing people who refuse to be defined by anything or anyone is always inspiring to me.

    Reply
    • alden - June 30, 2012 8:18 am

      David!

      That is an amazing story. You’re really awesome to open up like that.

      I’ve no disabilities or physical limitations. I can’t imagine having any.

      But yeah, people ought to just take it for what it is…

      …no excuse for that anyway eh?

      Reply
  38. emily weirdnez - June 30, 2012 4:42 am

    the fourth to the last hit me 😐

    Reply
    • alden - June 30, 2012 8:19 am

      Great Emily.

      So, moving on? Go for it.

      Reply
  39. Mr.Loto - June 30, 2012 2:17 pm

    I hope your post is an example for people who spend their time complaining instead of moving …. including lazy.

    Greetings

    P.S. I found you stumbling

    Reply
    • alden - July 2, 2012 7:33 am

      Thanks for dropping by Mr. Loto!

      Reply
  40. Pamela in Calgary, AB - June 30, 2012 10:50 pm

    That’s for the excellent reminder that we are all capable of so much! Nothing should stop us from achieving what we desire and we need only look around to see how others manage to make so much out of their lives.

    My young friend Samuel Seehawer is another example of “never give up” and “no excuses”. He is a congenital multiple amputee from Cambodia who was adopted by a family in Calgary, AB. He has an amazing story to tell, including how he his fundraising to give money to an orphanage in Cambodia that helps kids and others with no place to go. His website is at http://www.samuelsrideforrescue.com and it’s an amazing example of how even the smallest can make a difference.

    Thanks for the inspiration Alden. I too found your page through StumbleUpon and I’m sure glad I did!!

    Pamela

    Reply
    • alden - July 2, 2012 7:24 am

      Awesome website! I saw it!

      I love the smile on his face, something a lot of us able-bodied dudes lack.

      No excuses!

      Thanks for dropping by Pamela!

      Reply
  41. mckenzie - June 30, 2012 10:53 pm

    I loved this:) Is the picture at the bottom real or a painting? I would love to go there!

    Reply
    • alden - July 2, 2012 7:22 am

      I’m not sure, I heard it’s photoshopped.

      But others have told me if you put in the effort to go camp out in the woods, you can definitely get a great view like that.

      Reply
  42. Raven D - July 1, 2012 5:41 am

    i truly enjoyed this post.for me,lately,it feels like the universe is encouraging me to keep pushing forward.im trying to start my own small business and lately,i have been “stumbling” upon many different posts that have helped keep me encouraged,focused and dedicated.No excuses……it is a good mantra to live by…

    Reply
    • alden - July 2, 2012 7:21 am

      You know how they say when the student is ready, the teacher will appear?

      Law of attraction and all that?

      It’s working for you. You’r ready. You’re opening up. That’s why all this awesome stuff are coming :)

      Reply
  43. Samantha - July 1, 2012 7:32 am

    I know who the one legged guy who went from flab to ripped is! His name is Josh Sundquist, and he’s an amputee from when he had cancer as a kid. Now he’s a motivational speaker and has a youtube account where he posts inspiring things, hes awesome!
    http://www.youtube.com/user/JoshSundquist

    Reply
    • alden - July 2, 2012 7:20 am

      Nice thanks for sharing! His ripped body trumps most of ours 😛

      Reply
  44. HoP - July 1, 2012 10:37 am

    Unfortunately the truth is that people do not get to choose whether they feel positive or negative toward life and living. Some are born finding it easy to look at life and their struggles positively, others come into this life struggling each day to just get by. This is mainly due to genetics and to a lesser extent, environment. Many illnesses also produce neurochemical abnormalities that cause negative feelings. People suffering from major depression or bipolar disorder are at the mercy of neurochemicals that force upon them feelings of utter despair. In the case of bipolar disorder it’s even crueler, because for days these people may feel on top of the world, living life bigger than ten people normally can. Then the neurochemical roller coaster tops the hill and off they go down into deep depression, not being able to get out of bed. Sure, these people can try to do their best and make lemonade from the lemons covering them. They do, but for the most part their feelings are out of their control. There is no “just get up and do it” attitude possible. These kinds of illnesses are invisible. Lose a leg and it’s obvious. People understand and give help as wanted and needed. Suffer from a mental disorder like BP or depression and you often also face stigma involved with mental illness.
    I understand and applaud your intent here, but something also needs to be said about those people who have no choice about how they feel. Realize that the walk in someone else’s shoes is much different than your own. Strive to make the best of your own life, while being supportive and understanding of others.

    HoPpeR

    Reply
    • alden - July 2, 2012 7:19 am

      Thanks for your balanced view HoP.

      Well, still, on some level I think everyone has their own set of challenges, and it’s up to them to overcome them :).

      Sucks that life is “unfair”, BUT, unfair alone is subjective.

      Reply
  45. Risse - July 3, 2012 8:52 am

    Thank you for being you! Love and respect to you always!

    Reply
    • alden - July 3, 2012 9:34 am

      Love and respect to you too!

      Reply
  46. Jarod - July 3, 2012 3:29 pm

    screw all y’all, try living with suicidal depression your whole fucking life, see if anything can fucking motivate you then. I’d rather be dead right now than sitting here looking at this shit. a physical handicap is no where near a debilitating as a psychological one. you still have the ability to smile, i’ve never experienced a moment of joy in my life. I push on and fight to keep living. so go ahead tell me there’s no excuse to not work out, when I don’t care whether I live or die. And as a side note, people that work out also tend to be unbelievably stupid. Not saying all, just 98% (yes i’m pulling that out of my ass who gives a fuck). I would rather have my intellect than muscles any day. So i can run a business and tell you to pick heavy shit up.

    Reply
    • alden - July 4, 2012 6:11 am

      and… how can we help you today?

      Reply
      • Gerry - August 12, 2014 3:14 pm

        Sounds like Jarod is a troll.

        Reply
    • alden - July 4, 2012 8:38 pm

      Yeah I saw that.

      I had this No Excuse post in mind for really long, way before I read that post at Buzzfeed.

      And since most people associated no excuses with fitness and handicapped people, I decided to tweak it somewhat :)

      Reply
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  48. boris - July 28, 2012 9:24 am

    what’s with all the half people half robot alien pictures? no real human would associate with such miscreations.

    Reply
  49. richard - July 30, 2012 2:24 am

    WoW; the poster board that says “If you have food in your fridge, a roof over your head….you’re richer than 75% of the world.” Might have just changed my outlook on life forever. It’s soooooo easy to get caught up in thinking “I don’t have enough” “Why do the Jones’ have more?”

    It really is just that simple; if you have food and shelter you’re better off than the majority of the world…..absolutely no-excuses.

    Reply
    • alden - July 31, 2012 6:18 am

      Thanks Richard.

      That’s a great way to look at it. Be thankful. No excuses. Then spread the positivity to those around you.

      Reply
  50. Hunter - July 31, 2012 3:58 am

    All I’m gonna say is…this was awesome!!!!!

    Reply
    • alden - July 31, 2012 6:18 am

      Thanks man you’re awesome for commenting!!

      Reply
  51. Ellaine - August 9, 2012 4:58 pm

    You caught me in one of those moods where looking at your pictures made me want to cry the good cry. My country just underwent another storm that took lives and properties. A lot of lives will have to rebuilt and it will take time. This is just the kind of inspiration they should be given.

    NO EXCUSES.

    I love it Alden. Thank you.

    Reply
    • alden - August 10, 2012 5:54 am

      Hey Ellaine,

      Really sorry to hear that. Where’re you from?

      For sure we all can move on… no excuses. Go for it :)

      Reply
      • Ellaine - August 11, 2012 2:29 pm

        The Philippines.

        Reply
  52. 8BitItch - August 15, 2012 10:22 pm

    Would’ve been really awesome had there not been one about “working out” practically every other picture. I’m not out of shape, but I have been fat, and yes there’s no excuse… but there are way more important fucking things in life than trying to look like a billboard ad. I would’ve rather seen more like the man with no arms painting with his feet. Just my two cents.

    Reply
    • alden - August 16, 2012 8:23 am

      I know. Mostly it’s about fitness, that’s why I mixed it up!

      Reply
  53. Jack - August 16, 2012 12:49 pm

    So I am going to go cycle now, no half measures!

    Reply
    • alden - August 16, 2012 2:45 pm

      Go for it aight!

      Reply
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  55. Tune - August 22, 2012 1:28 pm

    NO EXCUSES – I love it.

    Reply
    • alden - August 22, 2012 7:28 pm

      And I love it that you dropped by.

      Reply
  56. Danielle - August 23, 2012 11:10 am

    Those people are the ones that Humanity should be proud of… Some people have everything (they can see, can speak, can touch, can run, can hear) they have no disabilities, they have a mom and a dad, they have a home, a job, a wife, a kid, a car … And still they are not happy, they need more and they keep nagging… I will address these few words to those greedy people: You do not deserve Happiness because it is already at your place and you are not welcoming it, that’s why it left …

    Reply
    • alden - August 23, 2012 2:53 pm

      For real man!

      They inspire me a lot. Simple as that. I don’t read too much into it.

      Harsh words, but maybe they need’em :).

      Reply
  57. Alyssa - August 23, 2012 6:58 pm

    I’m SO glad I found this page. It’s truly inspiring!! <3

    Reply
    • alden - August 23, 2012 10:46 pm

      Glad you like it :)

      Reply
  58. Keely - August 26, 2012 12:55 am

    This really bothers me for some reason. I feel like it’s objectifying disabled people just for the benefit of the able-bodied. I also don’t like the parts about “age is not an excuse” and “being fat is not an excuse.” I know it wasn’t intentional, but this whole post really strikes me as being ageist, sizeist, and ableist. Please think carefully about how you’re going to portray the disabled before you start yelling “NO EXCUSES!”
    Although, the monkey nursing the tiger cub was easily the cutest thing I’ve seen all day.

    Reply
    • alden - August 30, 2012 1:24 pm

      It kind of sounds like you just hate people.

      Reply
      • Keely - November 4, 2012 4:08 am

        Uhm, how? If anything, my reply shows that I actually really love and care about people, and that I don’t want them to feel marginalized.

        Reply
        • Gerry - August 12, 2014 3:18 pm

          No one can make anyone else feel any way. Alden’s posts do not make you feel any way. He cannot make you feel happy, sad, or whatever. Your thoughts will determine the way you feel. How you feel is your responsibility. Your thoughts are your responsibility. While you may care about people, you are not responsible for how they feel, only for how you feel. Do you feel marginalized? If so, ask yourself why.

          Reply
  59. Rose - August 26, 2012 2:18 am

    I’m disabled and don’t see this as insulting at all. I guess it’s easier to sit and weep and tear your hear and say, “I can’t do this because I’m (fill in the blank), so you should feel sorry for me and let me off the hook.” instead of looking into yourself and finding strength, looking for solutions on the internet, getting medical assistance, finding friends, making a life where you can be happy. It doesn’t cost lots of money of you have the wherewithal to move your ass away from the TV and start looking for answers. But then being broken works for some people – they don’t want to have to put the effort to put themselves back together.
    I don’t see this post as there are no excuses why you aren’t buff, it’s more that there are no excuses that you can’t improve your own life and find your own happiness, whatever it is. each of these -people have had journeys between the first images and the second – and I know if you ask them they will tell you it wasn’t easy and there were times they wanted to give up but they kept on and made things happen. If you want to spend your life doing nothing, then stop whining about it and just do nothing, but stop hating on folks who are trying to make their lives worthwhile.
    As for me, I’ve been declared dead over 7 times in my life -due to several surgeries and a head-on collision. I was told I would never be able to walk and would be disfigured, I would never have kids, and that cancer would take my life within 2 years (the cancer part was 3 years ago). I walk and wear high heels every day, at 47 I have a full calendar booked with modelling jobs for the next 6 months, I have 3 children (1 at home)and 2 grandchildren, and I read to the people I take chemo with 4 times a week. It’s not easy, sometimes I want to stay in bed and some days I do… but I get up when I can and make the effort. Life is precious and short. What are you doing with your days?

    Reply
    • alden - August 30, 2012 1:26 pm

      Awesome story Rose! Real inspiring!

      You’re a real badass, and I hope others can be inspired by that.

      On some level, perhaps today, in our information age and the “ease” of it all, it makes things too easy and gives us a “way out”, when actually we should simply try our best and go for it, even if it means failing.

      Reply
    • Gerry - August 12, 2014 3:19 pm

      Go Rose! Fabulous and very inspiring- Thanks!

      Reply
  60. wtcjr - September 3, 2012 4:54 pm

    I am thankful, I feel blessed everyday I have food and a home, I grew up with none

    Reply
    • alden - September 4, 2012 6:23 am

      That’s awesome man. Be blessed, feel thankful. That’s all.

      Reply
  61. Alex - September 7, 2012 9:23 pm

    One hour is 4.167% of your day. Lies.

    Reply
  62. Angie P. - September 16, 2012 3:00 pm

    I love all of these pics! I see this stuff on my Facebook feed everyday from motivated friends in all walks of life, with completely different challenges and circumstances. Some finally deciding to lose large amounts of weight, some just wanting to get healthy and start eating right, some starting a college education at 40, 50, 60 yrs old, some deciding to go out and live life to the fullest after being in depression over the loss of a child or spouse, etc.
    It’s disheartening to read these negative comments sometimes because I see the pain and discouragement in the core. It’s a very hard thing to see others who are already where you’d LIKE to be & not see or know the long difficult path that got them there. Noone is saying that you are nothing if you aren’t trying to be these people. The idea is simple: we are all humans and though we don’t live similar lives in most cases, we can uplift & encourage eachother in our own way, with our own unique situations. If you can’t take away something positive from this, you are only making excuses.

    My favorite is the little African boys. Everyone should go visit a third world country at least once in their life to see true happiness. It will change everything! When you can sit in a house made of cinder blocks and a few sheets of tin with no electricity or running water and still be truly happy & feel loved, then you are rich beyond measure! It should be our hearts desire to know happiness such as this. NO EXCUSES!!!

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  63. gesster - September 18, 2012 7:20 pm

    you know, mankind is the leader of this planet. we are the top of the food chain, do you know WHY we are top of the food chain?

    is it because we “exercise”? is it because we’re stronger than all the other animals? is it because we’re faster? no? neither of these? then WHY are we top of the food chain. because we’re smarter!

    so, by exercising – you’re merely wasting the potential to be more intellgent and really, what (other than sports, which i would argue is not helping progress humanity in any way) would the point of wasting 4% (or plenty more in most cases) of your dialy life be?

    so; in conclusion, be active, eath healthy and fuck exercise – it’s retarded and literally does not progress humanity one bit – if you’re willing to work hard, work hard for the progression of your fellow man – not for your own distorted sense of style.

    Reply
  64. The CounterIntuitive - September 19, 2012 12:22 am

    thanks for the inspiration dude

    Reply
    • alden - September 20, 2012 7:49 am

      No prob!

      Reply
  65. Sarah Jackson - September 24, 2012 8:05 am

    these all are very touchy Photos :(

    Reply
    • alden - September 25, 2012 7:23 am

      Touchy?

      Reply
  66. madina - September 24, 2012 11:59 pm

    I am very grateful for such an inspiration message, thanks a lot :-)

    Reply
    • alden - September 25, 2012 7:26 am

      Np Madina!

      Reply
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  68. Sandy - October 8, 2012 4:43 pm

    Awespiring! It’s true that the things that has kept us from doing what we really wanna do is more mental than physical.. When there’s a will, there’s a way!!

    Reply
    • alden - October 9, 2012 6:12 am

      For real Sandy. There’s a will, there’s a way :)

      Reply
  69. Reno prosthetic limbs - October 13, 2012 10:53 pm

    Very nice post, really enjoyed it.

    Reply
  70. Josh - October 14, 2012 11:56 am

    “a 1 hour workour is 4% of your day”

    If you lived on a planet that turned within 25 hours.

    I think some people should spend less time trying to put others down, and more time in their education.

    Reply
  71. goober - October 15, 2012 9:05 pm

    i figured out how to not give a fuck a long time ago, still trying to get over it. thats not the objective of this existence…makes this one easier, but it might make whats coming harder…the best Aesop fable, to me, was on of the birds and the beasts were at war. That truly describes where we are at in this time and age. Rationalizing our insecurities in order to alleviate our exploitation of others is wrong, and on a level you figured that out. there is more to it! Glad to help!

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  73. Trina - November 3, 2012 8:22 pm

    The infographic at the end is great. Thanks for reminding me it’s out there. It’s something my self-entitled, self-involved high school students should see.

    Reply
    • alden - November 4, 2012 5:31 am

      Go for it :) Show it to them!

      Reply
  74. doesn't matter - November 11, 2012 10:19 pm

    half of these are photoshopped.

    Reply
    • alden - November 12, 2012 5:02 am

      Still inspiring.

      Reply
  75. lanie - November 21, 2012 10:57 am

    Nice.inspiring :)

    Reply
    • alden - November 23, 2012 11:46 am

      Thank YOU for commenting :)

      Reply
  76. Henry Contreras - November 21, 2012 6:23 pm

    From a very early age, my Mother always told me that if you want to be happy, count your blessings….EVERY DAY. The “IF YOU HAVE…” chart really summarizes some of the many reasons why we should all do so. I plan to read it to my family during our Thanksgiving dinner for the time of reflection period before the meal when we are all asked to explain why we are all thankful.

    It really says it all if we are lucky enough to fit into one or more of those categories.

    Reply
    • alden - November 23, 2012 11:45 am

      Nice Henry :)

      I’m glad you like it. Happy Thanks Giving!

      Reply
  77. Ann - November 25, 2012 5:16 am

    I love the African babies dancing…

    Reply
    • alden - November 25, 2012 2:05 pm

      We all do :)

      Reply
  78. Vicky Jones - December 7, 2012 11:37 pm

    @Fu_Basho

    Dude I totally think you’ve taken this post the wrong way. I never ‘read’ it as a drilling to make me feel crappy about myself. And any shame I felt through this (about myself) is because OP is right, and because I make excuses for the simplest things, when people (like the ones in these picks) can still find a way to smile, regardless of how they are suffering. That’s the main point of this post: if these people, who are going through the hell they are going through and/or living with such disadvantages, can find something to smile about; can make change and success in their lives despite these disadvantages, then what excuses do we non/less advantaged people have?

    Many times I’ve heard myself, and others, say things like, “No, not today, I can’t be bothered; No, I’m too tired; My boss shouted at me again, too pissed off to smile; I’m too unfit to join in; It’s too late to try again; Life sucks, F my life; etc, etc. And if you really think about it, its all rather pathetic.

    You say, “Prosthetic limbs don’t solve everything”. No they don’t. But OP never said they did. Prosthetic limbs do not solve all the problems of the people who require them. But if they can find joy in life, despite not having things fully ‘fixed’ by prosthetic limbs, isn’t that amazing? Isn’t that inspiring?

    There’s more I can say in very diplomatic ways, but its as simple as this:

    Bad things happen to most (if not all) people on this planet. And even the most ‘well off’ people can suffer, which is never good or nice. But I take it you have many good things in your life, seeing that you have access to the internet. I assume you have a roof over your head, clothes on your back, and warm food in your belly. There are people out there who suffer for just a drink of water. There are people who live in fear everyday: fear of war, fear of death; fear of loved ones suffering in the most cruelist of ways. And yet, most can find something to smile about, something to be grateful about.

    So what the hell you moaning for? You’re offended because you’ve been shamed by this post? Good, that’s the point. We should ALL be ashamed by this post.
    NO EXCUSES.

    Reply
    • alden - December 11, 2012 1:10 am

      Hey Vicky,

      Mouthful man. But thanks.

      I think a lot of people miss the point of this post. Kind of lame actually, but yeah, glad you advocate the same deal.

      Reply
  79. Brian Quigley - December 11, 2012 5:24 pm

    Wow! These images were extremely meaningful and makes you wonder about your life and all the excuses you have made. These images and quotes surround them will always be in mind. More people need to see this because I think it has the potential to change many attitudes!
    Brian @ Denver Mortgage Network

    Reply
    • alden - December 12, 2012 1:45 am

      Hey Brian,

      Yeah for sure! I think we’re all too caught up by living life that we forget what’s truly more important.

      Reply
  80. Steven - December 14, 2012 11:29 am

    Very powerful stuff.

    Reply
    • alden - December 15, 2012 4:59 am

      For real!

      Reply
  81. D Green - December 20, 2012 7:25 pm

    this is one of the most inconsistant posts ever. if you listen to your mom, dad, teacer and have a crappy life, its your fault? and im pretty sure just cause a few peeple without limbs can do amazing stuff doesnt mean a single mom with multiple kids should feel shitty that she doesnt work out. nice try though troll.

    Reply
    • alden - December 22, 2012 5:34 pm

      At the end of the day it’s your own personal responsibility to live your own life. You can’t keep blaming it on everyone else or anything.

      Reply
  82. Cornfenster V. Slickzchlabław - December 28, 2012 4:46 am

    I don’t have an excuse, I just don’t care. Is that a problem?

    Reply
    • alden - January 4, 2013 7:05 pm

      Difference between being slack and apathetic, cause the latter means lack of passion, motivation in life. Do you fall under that?

      Reply
  83. Amon - December 31, 2012 7:01 pm

    This was truly the highlight of my day! thanks for posting this!!!

    Reply
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  85. Tyler - January 22, 2013 12:18 am

    I went to highschool with the kid in the video doing a flip. he can do way more than that

    Reply
    • alden - January 22, 2013 6:21 am

      That’s tight man! Tell him to send us more videos. He’s an inspiration. I can’t even do a roundoff properly lol.

      Reply
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  88. elis - February 11, 2013 6:41 pm

    Really great to have your ‘NO EXCUSE’ photos.. Really motivate me. Need your permission to put them all in my wallpaper laptop and on my facebook wall for reminder with remark taken from your blog. Thanks a lot for sharing it..:) Really love it..

    Reply
    • alden - February 13, 2013 5:15 am

      Go ahead yo!!!

      Reply
  89. Deena - February 13, 2013 1:00 pm

    Hi Alden! I found your blog after it was mentioned in Reader’s Digest, & I really like it! I appreciate your straight-talk. I get tired of all the media “blowing sunshine up my ass.” I thought the photos of the “handi-capable” people were amazing examples of overcoming physical adversity! Naturally, everyone is different, & I was surprised by the number of negative comments about them. I guess there will always be someone so steeped in his own misery that he can’t take pleasure in another’s success.
    Several times you mentioned that you can’t imagine losing a limb. My brother died of cancer 8pm years ago at age 34. He lost his leg below the knee due to complications when he was 23, & he was so relieved to have the surgery because the foot had become very painful. Now, I can’t say out was a walk in the park for him, but I can say that his prosthesis have him the freedom to appear “un-handicapped,” which was very important to him. And he never once complained, “why me?” In comparison to losing your life, loading a limb is a small sacrifice.
    Sorry this got so long. I really just wanted to tell you to keep up the good work!

    Reply
    • alden - February 14, 2013 6:41 am

      Whoa wait… I’m in Reader’s Digest?!?!? How come I don’t even know that lol.

      I’ve real respect for your brother. Thanks for sharing that.

      It’s great you feel the positivity from this post. KEep at it. I love these photos myself. They inspire me to be happy. But yeah, I really hope I don’t lose a limb though.

      Stay in touch!

      Reply
  90. Deena - February 15, 2013 1:21 am

    Yep, Reader’s Digest, March 2013 issue, page 10. I guess you’re famous!

    Reply
    • alden - February 15, 2013 5:40 am

      Haha naww. I ought to go check it out! Thanks!

      Reply
  91. Mika - February 17, 2013 11:00 am

    Great reading in the morning, thank you :)

    Reply
  92. Aditya - February 18, 2013 4:05 pm

    TERRIFIC! Well, there’s everything in it and the hot lady was the icing on the cake! 😛

    Aditya

    Reply
    • alden - February 19, 2013 1:54 am

      LOL for real man.

      Reply
  93. sakiru - February 23, 2013 2:08 pm

    let us appreciate our being.

    Reply
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  97. Matt @ My Coin Blog - March 4, 2013 4:11 pm

    Very cool! I love the fat kid backflip!

    Reply
  98. Mouna - March 5, 2013 10:47 pm

    Great Job Alden 😀 😀 thes pictures are very motivating !!! Thumbs up :) My hat’s off

    Reply
  99. Carolyn - March 19, 2013 2:35 am

    Great list. Amazing that so many could have a chat right along with you ..
    Mind, body, spirit.
    All our own to navigate with.
    Love your outlook.

    Reply
  100. Thirza - March 27, 2013 11:35 am

    Wow, amazing and inspiring pics. Dat picture of the christian group at the gayparade almost made me cry.

    Reply
  101. BOOOO - March 28, 2013 4:29 am

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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  102. Nae - April 3, 2013 5:36 pm

    i LOVE this, thanx ! I needed to see something like this.

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  103. Rocko - April 3, 2013 8:59 pm

    The Pistorious one might no longer be a feel good story. With the whole murder charges and all.

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  104. Ellen - April 13, 2013 3:23 pm

    Where is the last picture taken??

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    • alden - April 16, 2013 12:37 am

      I think it’s photoshopped.

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  106. Benjamin McCann - April 24, 2013 2:35 pm

    It doesn’t matter if you don’t have an excuse. People are free to fail, abandon all hope of reaching their full potential, and just generally be terrible, if they so desire. There’s no universal law that says you have to be a good person.

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  108. Jesse Lyles - May 7, 2013 9:37 am

    I was consider one of the top brick-layers in the world at the MGM in Las Vegas, Navada. You will find me in stall 15 with Phil Veil out of Jonesboro, Arkansas. Then i got two finger’s cut-off and it has become an excuse to just give-up in life. The Doctor said, to give my new hand two years to begin to really except, but now it has be 2 years and 7 months, and it has become an excuse to not try anything new i life. To be one of the top brick-layers at a time, and still a young man at 52 years old now, i don’t like who i have become in life. This was another man fault for me to lose the finger’s for he was the owner of the farm, and i told him of the broken equipment to be fixs, but to no prevail was it fixed. So may this miss here help me to give-up my excuses to have for no other reason but to fail in life ! Thanks, Jesse lyles.

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  110. jagdish - July 21, 2013 10:11 am

    i must say that i am really in awe ! you have inspired me and i am sure there are thousands other who have uplifted their attitude and way of life. keep it up, i pray God gives you more and more to share !thanks

    Reply
    • alden - August 4, 2013 8:43 pm

      Thanks for the Love:)

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  112. Garrett - September 3, 2013 2:45 pm

    Good stuff man =) Positive thinking yields positive results.

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  114. CHANDRA PATEL - October 2, 2013 1:23 pm

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  116. Michael - December 28, 2013 7:11 am

    I heard that 79% of all statistics are just made up anyway but I don’t have any proof…hey you know the funny thing about a quantum physics equation? When you finally get the answer it’s already changed and therefore wrong…and if you try to project the answer you’ve altered the outcome…this is from a movie trailer but I laughed…
    “you know what a computer calls his father?” DATA!

    OK,people tend to get real reflective at this time of year and assess their lives etc. and then project their future and make New Years goals and promises…but really it’s just another day and you can assess progress at any time. But finding inspiration in whatever it is, is timeless and priceless.
    AT, you got me thinking, I’m waking up, LET’S DO THIS THANG!!!

    Oh yeah, THANKS!

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  117. Ana - January 15, 2014 9:04 am

    Some jaw dropping pics you have presented here. Images can tell a story so quickly and powerfully. I love your attitude and the blog you have created.. it’s good to find something like this.

    Reply
    • alden - January 15, 2014 1:24 pm

      Thanks ana! No excuses eh? go for it. Live lifeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

      Reply
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  120. amanda - February 17, 2014 3:29 pm

    Hi Alden,

    Could you crop picture no.2? Not very inspirational to have Oscar Pistorius displayed. I know he was not meant to be the focus but seeing him among all these beautiful people is an insult to them.

    Thanks
    Amanda

    Reply
  121. Anthony Henderson - February 19, 2014 11:04 pm

    DANG HOMIE!!! When I started seeing those pics of the people who are missing Limbs, I almost teared up. Actually, I did tear up. You out did yourself with this post! Great Job man. As you already know from the overflowing comments!

    I like this a lot.

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    • alden - February 20, 2014 6:05 am

      Thanks dawg! Share it!

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    • alden - March 4, 2014 5:51 am

      Yeah I was hacked badly a couple of years ago. Was losing money in the bank.

      Just change all your passwords. Use complicated shit you can’t even remember yourself. That’s about it.

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  123. toni - March 12, 2014 3:57 am

    It’s all about gratitude too. Most of these people have the right to complain but get on with it.

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  125. Teddy - April 4, 2014 12:29 pm

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    They are all amazing. The guys working out with their own weights made me lol. Love it. Get your lift on no matter where you are at. The cute kids dancing was also great. Thanks for the motivation Alden!

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    • alden - September 3, 2014 6:36 am

      Thanks dude.

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  133. Miranda - September 25, 2014 7:14 pm

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