I had a project due in my high school classes last week, and several students didn’t have it ready, with excuses like, “I was busy. I have stressful stuff going on. I have other classes, too, you know.”
At one point, I gently asked the class at large, “Is there anybody here who doesn’t have stressful stuff going on, and a busy schedule? Anybody have no problems in life, and hours of free time every day?” Of course not. “So why is it that everybody else gets their job done? Because they choose not to let problems get in the way. Because we all make our priorities.”
The difference is commitment, investment, and internal motivation.