Wisdom from one of my colleagues

Dr. Grant Testut, Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Oklahoma Christian Univ., gave this "share-worthy" bit of wisdom to our graduate students:
Make no excuses for yourself; neither to yourself, to your fellow students, or to professors. Those who shape history are hardly ever excuse-makers. Rather, they are those who rise to the occasion, though all odds be against them. You are embarking on a course of study that is not easy, but that is part of what makes it so worthwhile. Plenty of others have gone before you, and they will likely tell you time and again that one of the most important attributes to foster for your success as a graduate student is stamina/tenacity. So, stick to it, and seek help as needed.
The words in bold and italics were both timely and convicting for me—I needed to hear it.