FIFTY SEVEN FAMOUS ALIBIS By Old Man “IF” 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

IF I didn't have a wife and family… IF I had enough "pull"… IF I had money… IF I had a good education … IF I could get a job . . . IF I had good health … IF I only had time… IF times were better… IF other people understood me… different… 11. IF I could live my life over again . . . 12. IF I did not fear what "THEY" would say… 13. IF I had been given a chance… 14. IF I now had a chance… 15. IF other people didn't "have it in for me"… 16. IF nothing happens to stop me… 17. IF I were only younger…

33. IF I had the personality of some people… 34. IF I were not so fat… 35. IF my talents were known…

36. IF I could just get a "break"…
37. IF I could only get out of debt… 38. IF I hadn't failed… 39. IF I only knew how . . . 40. IF everybody didn't oppose me… 41. IF I didn't have so many worries… 42. IF I could marry the right person… 43. IF people weren't so dumb… 44. IF my family were not so extravagant… 45. IF I were sure of myself… 46. IF luck were not against me . . . 47. IF I had not been born under the wrong star… 48. IF it were not true that "what is to be will be"… 49. IF I did not have to work so hard… 50. IF I hadn't lost my money… 51. IF I lived in a different neighborhood… 52. IF I didn't have a "past"… 53. IF I only had a business of my own… 54. IF other people would only listen to me…

10. IF conditions around me were only

18. IF I could only do what I want…
19. IF I had been born rich… 20. IF I could meet "the right people"… 21. IF I had the talent that some people have… 22. IF I dared assert myself… 23. IF I only had embraced past opportunities… 24. IF people didn't get on my nerves… 25. IF I didn't have to keep house and look after the children… 26. IF I could save some money… 27. IF the boss only appreciated me… 28. IF I only had somebody to help me… 29. IF my family understood me… 30. IF I lived in a big city… 31. IF I could just get started… 32. IF I were only free…

55. IF (and this is the greatest of them all) I had
the courage to see myself as I really am, I would find out what is wrong with me, and correct it, then I might have a chance to profit by my mistakes and learn something from the experience of others, for I know that there is something WRONG with me, or I would now be where I WOULD HAVE BEEN

56. IF I had spent more time analyzing my
weaknesses, and less time building alibis to cover them.

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