So many articles are written on the art of perseverance, I thought I’d add some of my observations over my lifetime. Here are ten reasons why you should always choose perseverance over quitting.
Quitters never get to:
1. Have a Lifetime movie made about them. When was the last time you heard about “The Life and Times of that Guy Who Quit Trying?”
2. Laugh in the face of the people at their job who have been waiting for them to fail. Nothing is better than walking in a conference room, just when everybody thought you were down and out, and sharing a success.
3. Be used as an example when teaching their children. How many parents have ever said “You know, the Hare could have won that race if that doggone Turtle hadn’t kept going.” Instead, it’s “the steady pace wins the race.”
4. Have a quote about them put on a poster. When was the last time you saw a picture of somebody walking away from a race before the finish line with the quote “If at first you don’t succeed, quit” ?
5. Live down the embarrassment of taking their ball and going home, only to turn around and see that somebody else brought a ball and the game is going on without you.
6. Win a Lifetime Achievement Award. What would it read – “Best Woman who never finished anything?” or “Best Guy with Good Ideas that never made any of them work?”
7. Be the rolling stone that gathers no moss. Instead, they are the stone that stops, gathers a bunch of moss, and ends up being a little slimy.
8. Be used as the example of success at a family gathering. Instead, they become that “Crazy Uncle Jack” that everybody adores but that sleeps on the couch of family members while watching marathons of HGTV.
9. Have a hit ballad that moves people to tears. I don’t think a title like “Try Climbing Every Mountain and Quitting in the first Twenty Minutes” would be quite as powerful as
“Climb Every Mountain.”
Remember, it’s not what you do that you’ll regret in those last moments of life – it’s what you didn’t do. So, if you want to be a quitter, I have a suggestion. Quit quitting. Unless you’re dealing with some kind of addiction, I want you to hang in there like that little kitten that was always precariously posed as hanging from that tree. I want you to be tenacious. I want you to say “what, you want me to quit? Are you kidding? I quit quitting yesterday!”
Run that race. Be the Hare. Get your Lifetime Achievement Award. Be your own poster and become the greatest ballad of all time. Today is the day. Now quit your quitting and get moving!
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