Quit is a “Four Letter Word!” by Gary Eby

Gary_EbyWe need to remember that an oak is just an acorn that held its ground and stuck to its job.  Let’s begin by remembering that famous Latin quotation… Veni, vedi, velcro” ”I came, I saw, I stuck around!”

You cannot win if you don’t finish the race! You cannot accomplish anything in life without persistence.

Just ask Heisman trophy winner Herschel Walker, who once said, “My God-given talent is my ability to stick with something longer than anyone else.” I once read that George Lucas, super-successful producer of Star Wars, didn’t just move effortlessly through the ranks to become a great producer. Rather, he had to develop his skills, recover from setbacks and rejection, and show a painstaking dedication to perfect his films.  NULL

He studied film at the University of Southern California, and began working on a film by Francis Ford Coppola, a documentary on the side, while squeezing in work on his first feature script between 5:00 and 9:00 AM. When he completed the script, he thought it was terrible. He showed it to Coppola, who agreed. ”It is,” he said, ”You’re absolutely right.” His first thought was to hire a writer, but Coppola disagreed. ”No,” said Coppola, ”if you’re going to make it in this business you have to learn how to write.” So he did. Later, he wrote a sci-fi film, called THX 1138, and presented it to Warner Brothers. They rejected the film, abandoned Lucas and the studio, leaving him deeply in debt. Lucas had worked on the film for three years at his own expense. So, he began to work on a rock ‘n’ roll film set in the late 50’s, early 60’s. After being rejected by every other company in town, Ned Tannen of Universal Pictures prevailed over much opposition to have it accepted. Though other angry executives wanted it dropped, they went ahead to produce the film, American Graffitti, which became a smash hit. Then Lucas decided to try another sci-fi movie. He researched kid’s movies, ancient myths that have endured, the elements in fairy tales that have made them pass the test of time and be loved by generation after generation of kids. And his drive for perfection carried over to the filming. To make the space battles look realistic, he did drawings based on a meticulous study of real war footage. He was looking for those elements that make an audience believe what they are seeing. He watched every movie that had ever been made which showed air to air combat. He wanted to know why each shot worked, for instance, that slight roll of the wings that made it look real. It is no wonder, then, that Star Wars grossed $3.5 million in its first 9 days, becoming the most successful box office hit up until that time.

Never ever quit! Take it out of your vocabulary! Quit is a “four letter word”! Never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, quit!

Henry Ford said… “Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.” We need to remember that an oak is just an acorn that held its ground and stuck to its job. Victory is not won in miles, but in inches. Never, ever quit.


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