Don’t Quit By George Dubec
Poem – “Don’t Quit” by John Greenleaf Whittier
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns
And many a failure comes about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell just how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
The reason most people quit is they don’t have a strong enough belief in themselves or their project! The question becomes, “How Bad Do You Want It?”
That being said, Eric Thomas “The Hip Hop Preacher” tells the story of a young man who is seeking to make money and be successful. The young man turns to a Guru to seek advice on doing whatever he can to make a lot of money. What happens next is quite unexpected since the Guru tells the young man that if he is serious about learning how to make a lot of money and become successful then he will meet him the next day down at the beach at 4 am. The young man turns up in a suit the next day and the Guru teaches him one of the best yet most unexpected lessons of his life on how to become successful.
The Guru is standing waist-deep in the water and tells the young man to walk out into the surf and meet with him. The Guru then proceeds to hold the young man’s head underwater and watches as the young man gasps for air in absolute desperation.
One might think that this does not make sense as the young man just wanted some advice on how to become super successful.
But the BIG lesson that the Guru was teaching the young man was that in order to be successful you need to want it bad.
“How Bad Do You Want It?” ……………….
When you want to succeed as much as you want to breath – that is when you will forgo any distractions in life, that get in the way of achieving your goals and stop you from quitting!
Eric Thomas states, “You must forgo things in life in order to stay focused on achieving your success.” He uses quotes from 50 Cent (the Rapper) and Beyoncé (the Singer) who say that they have found themselves forgetting to sleep and eat due to the fact that they have been so focused on achieving what they have set out to do that nothing else is important to them but what they are doing. They have a burning desire to do something special and they are NOT going to waste it by worrying about insignificant distractions that could put them off course.
If you want it BAD enough, you won’t quit!
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