Summer shares a lesson learned on how to eliminate excuses and succeed in life.
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Eliminate excuses and decide to succeed in life

Success is a choice. It’s not for lucky people.

Success is for those who eliminate excuses and decide to succeed in life. If you’ve been following my story, you know how hard it was for me to raise my son while still going to school and working two jobs. My grandmother, whom I lived with, was a huge support. But at the end of the day, I was fully responsible for my son. At this point in the story, I was preparing to go away to college,and I knew going away to college with my son would be hard. But I learned that you chose to succeed and do what you have to make things happen.

As I thought about going away, I might have told myself it was too much for me to handle.

I might have said I would try to make things happen. Instead, all I had to do was eliminate excuses. I didn’t say I was going to try to go to college and make it with my son. I said I am going to college with my son.

If you’re a young parent who is wondering how to succeed with a child in tow, my advice for you is to create a plan, decide to succeed and use your plan to eliminate excuses which can easily derail you. For me, the minute I decided to succeed, I felt like God worked things out for me and my plans fell into place. Your success is a decision away – what do you want to see in your life? Paint your picture of success and make it happen.

I learned to eliminate excuses when it came time to potty train my son.

Ask any mother who has a son about their potty training experience, they’ll tell you it’s a process which takes time and dedicated effort. While I didn’t have the same anatomy as him, I patiently showed him how to use what he had to do the necessary. If you’re relying on yourself for support, to put food on the table or even care for someone besides yourself, you can still be successful by working with what you have. 

If you want to succeed in life, decide that you too can make it, then get rid of all the excuses which have been holding you back from living a fulfilling life.



I’m Summer Owens, and my passion is helping youth and young adults realize success no matter what obstacles they face. As an international resilience and leadership keynote speaker, author, S.O. What! Success Coach, and creator of the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum, I empower people to say, “So what!” to even their greatest challenges.  provide a framework to help people see past their challenges and focus on solutions using the S.O. What! Success System (Overcome Obstacles + Eliminate Excuses + Calculate Choices = S.O. What! Success). Through keynotes, workshops, books, online courses, and workbooks, I use life’s challenges and my own story of resilience as a rape survivor and teen mom success story to help others confidently pursue their dreams.

Looking for an inspiring college motivational speaker? A high school literacy curriculum? A middle school life skills workbook? A great example for teen mothers? A women’s empowerment or single mother’s conference speaker?  I’m your girl and will help any audience say, “S.O. What!”.