Whatever You Do, Don’t Quit

I stumbled onto this poem as I was browsing through my Evernote database. The source is unknown, though many claim to have written it. Regardless, I found in inspiring and thought you would too.

Whatever You Do, Don’t Quit

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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 queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns 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.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell 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.

If you enjoyed this poem, you might also enjoy my post, “What Keeps You Going When You Want to Quit?

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  • Ben Shearon

    Sounds like Kipling (like If). Nice sentiment.

  • http://joeabrahamlive.com/ Joe Abraham

    Thanks for sharing this great poem, Michael! Though the author is unknown, he/she surely does know what “holding on” is all about.

    Yes, I have had times in the past when I felt like giving up. But recalling my purpose in life helped me to hold on and go through. Then I learned something amazing: it wasn’t as grave as I thought! And that notion inspired me to face greater challenges.

    • rakesh poddar

      nice

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    One thing that has caused me to quit over the years has been a lack of interest. I’ll start a new project, only to put it aside just before it would come to fruition. Learning how to stick things out when they get tough, or they just get boring, is the key to success.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      So true, John. I have the same tendency. Finishing is the key!

      • http://www.dmleblanc.com/ Dustin LeBlanc

        I sometimes think that we need to give permission to not finish some things in a traditional sense. It all depends on what your reason is for taking up a task. If you ever start something just to explore it, don’t feel guilty that you dropped it when it is no longer giving fruit, it may be helpful later. If like me, and I suspect many others around here, you are a “scanner” or “hunter” at heart, check out http://www.puttylike.com and read some of the work of Emilie Wapnick.

  • http://twitter.com/swoodruff Steve Woodruff

    Spent a lot of my youth hiking. It’s one of the best ways to tangibly learn to keep putting one foot in front of the other, knowing that if you just keep that up, you’ll reach the top.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That reminds me of a friend who was running a marathon with his daughter. At mile 20 or so, she quipped, ”So, Dad, remind me again why we’re doing this?”
      He responded, “To practice not quitting.”

      • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

        Wow that is a great memory for daughter and dad.

    • http://www.dmleblanc.com/ Dustin LeBlanc

      Hiking seems to feel like one of the most rewarding physical activities for me. You can literally see that you have gotten somewhere when you peer out over the top of the hill!

  • http://twitter.com/kristenfeola Kristen Feola

    Thank you for this reminder. Many times during the process of writing my first book, I felt as if I’d never finish. However, I kept plugging along, refusing to give in to my nagging fear of failure. It paid off. In December 2010, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast, was published by Zondervan. I’m thankful I didn’t quit. :)

    Kristen Feola
    Author, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast
    http://www.ultimatedanielfast.com

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Well done, Kristen. 

  • http://www.jondale.com/ Jon Dale

    Michael, I love this poem every time I hear it.

    I remember the first (and only) time I participated in an IronMan event. I’d separated a rib a few days before the event which gave me just the excuse I needed to pull out when it got really painful, but I didn’t.  I thought back to the year I’d spent training and just kept on running. I’m so glad I did…it’s changed who am and how I see myself.

    It turns out that just as important as knowing when not to quit is knowing when to quit. In my younger years I was influenced by a lot of really good positive mental attitude teaching and frankly had the attitude that quitting was always bad. Never, never give up…and all that stuff.

    Seth Godin’s book, The Dip, helped give me a framework for thinking through when to quit and when to press on.  One of the best little books anyone can read.  And the second section of the book on becoming the best in the world (it doesn’t mean what one thinks) is phenomenal as well.

    Thanks for the continuing doses of inspiration…you, Seth and John continue to be the only people on my must read list.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Jon. I agree about The Dip. That was so helpful to me as well.

    • http://twitter.com/peggylou74 Peggy Salvatore

      Yes, I have The Dip in audio and listened to it many times.

    • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

       Jon, I think you were the first person who I had heard mention Seth Godin; I went out and bought The Dip the next week. It’s had a profound influence in helping me choose where to invest my time. Thanks.

  • Ilene

    Thanks, Michael for this. A time when I wanted to quit and didn’t = right now!!!

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Glad the post was timely Ilene. 

  • http://www.revivallifestyle.com/ Daniel Vogler

    wow that’s an incredible poem. Too sad the author is unknown. Would love to read more whoever wrote this.

  • http://trevoracy.com/ Trevor Acy

    When has there been a time that I didn’t want to quit? I’m a serial starter but a pathetic finisher.
    My job for this past year has consisted mainly of the work I don’t enjoy doing and none of the things I did enjoy. I wanted to turn tail and run earlier this year but with a fiancee to think about I resisted. And what a wonderful blessing in disguise it has been. I have more freedom at work than ever before and have even found pleasure in some of the activities I use to loathe. But most importantly, because I continued my full-time position, I have been able to pursue my passions and as a result in 2013 I should be able to make my passion my full-time, self-employed position!

    • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

       What a huge shift, Trevor! Best wishes as you pursue your passions in 2013. Sounds like your heart is set up well for it.

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    I want to quit almost everyday.  But I don’t.  I just keep going.  I slow down and speed up and change gears and strategies.  But quit?   No way.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Great point, Dan. When we think about quitting almost every day, we assume something is wrong. But the urge to quit is just part of the opposition to any great work. I’m learning to accept it as part of the scenery.

  • http://twitter.com/liveboldnow Greg Arnold

    Fear & Success: 1%-ers use fear as leverage. 10%-ers push through fear.  The remainder marvel fear more than success, and quit.

  • http://orgspring.com/ OrgSpring

    I like the “man in the arena” speech from roosevelt. It doesn’t specifically speak of not quitting, it’s more about “you gotta be in it to win it. it always gets me fired up. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I like that one too.

  • http://rickwolff.com Rick Wolff

    When I was about 7, my mother signed me up for piano lessons. We had one in the house. My father told me that I can quit if I want. When I showed up for my first lesson, my 14-year-old neighbor, the teacher’s earlier student, was playing something that I couldn’t ever imagine accomplishing. I decided then and there that exercising the control over my life that quitting would bring was more important than learning a new skill. The lesson the teacher had for me was simple — banging on a drum, to test if I could take rhythm cues — but it didn’t matter. My mind was made up. 
    Since then, I’ve become an expert quitter. There’s always something else in my brain that twinkles more brightly than the thing I’m doing now. I can’t imagine seeing anything through to the end. I’m in my mid-50s, and running out of time. 
    I’m not the kind of guy to whom you can just say “don’t quit.”

    • DanKnight

      It sounds like there is one thing you’ve not quit: that is quitting.

      I’m also a guy in my 50′s I was 12 when I gave up learning guitar after 1 lesson because I was teased by some “friends”; My wife gave me a guitar for Christmas 2 years ago. Two weeks ago I played at our church co-leading worship with a friend.

      I can’t play like Phil Keaggy, and I’m not yet totally relaxed playing in public, but you should hear me play in my study….

      The only dog too old to learn new tricks is a dead dog.

  • http://twitter.com/peggylou74 Peggy Salvatore

    You never know who you reach, when and how. I keep your post “Why You Aren’t Dead Yet” from June in my inbox as a reminder. It has been there for 6 months, and it spoke to my heart because in one of my fighting moments, I wrote a song called “I Ain’t Dead Yet” – a real rocker, and all in the spirit of carrying on and knowing that God is shining a light out there and you need to keep your eye on that light. I carry on, and these little things help when you least expect it.

  • Parthenia Fayne

    This came at just the right time. I have read this poem before, but this time I took my time and read it slowly. Great reminder. Thank you.

  • JackieR8

    A very timely reminder — thanks for posting it.  

  • lhoenigsberg

    I began college at 51-years-old (after having been kicked out of high school in my junior year).  My plan was to go on for a masters degree and become a psychotherapist.  I believed God was guiding my steps.  During the summer after I graduated with my bachelors and I was all set to begin my masters, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given one year to live.  I prayed and believed it was not God’s will.  I found a neurosurgeon in Los Angeles and underwent a grueling and risky operation. It saved my life, but I had terrible double vision, terrible ringing in my ears, deafness on one side, and I couldn’t walk.  My perception was off too, and everything looked strange…for over two years!  But I decided that if God saved my life, than the plan had not changed.  I lay in bed with a patch on my eye and a laptop on my lap and earned my masters degree.  For each challenge (such as internships) I had just enough energy to make it, at first using an electric cart to get around.  I am now a successful psychotherapist in private practice.  I am writing a blog that is a memoir about my life and it will include this miracle.  I am not done yet!  I pray to be published and to speak around the country, and maybe even the world.  Don’t give up…ever! http://www.lindalochridge.com

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I love your story. Thanks for sharing it!

    • be chappell

      Your story is so inspiring to me. I recently went back to college (at almost 50) because my daughter challenged me: She said “you taught us to never quit and to finish what we started – you told us we had to finish our undergrads – so now it’s time for you to finish what you started mom!” So I went back despite being laid off and being the sole support for my ill husband. 

      What I have learned is that if we accept the presumption that the challenge before us is God’s Will – and we open ourselves to be guided in “thought, action and speech”  -then the help we need will be there. 

      • lhoenigsberg

         That is so true!  What spurred me on more than anything else was believing I was walking right in the middle of God’s will for my life. 

  • Teresa Chesney

    Thanks for sharing this reminder Michael! So true!

  • Tony Staten

    What an answer to prayer this post was for me TODAY…not that I was thinking about quitting but I was certainly discouraged.  This restored my faith to press on.  Thank you for being that voice that passed it on to remind me!

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Tony good to hear the post was meaningful and timely. 

  • E Michelle Lee

    This is one of my favs.  And it always seems to cross my path at the right time. Thanks for sharing Michael.

  • Wkroeplin

    Ah, what a timely word. Thanks.
    Yes, I feel like quitting often. I am in the midst of a project and am often discouraged by what seems too large an undertaking. Yet, I know when the goal is reached it will be wonderful. I must persist!
    Thanks again

  • Srucinski1

    Having just ended 15 months of unemployment and being a past marathoner (3 times) and having survived a family members alcoholism and another’s anxiety and depression I can affirm the thoughts of this poem. For me it is my faith in God that I hang onto to help me face each, day, hour and minute. Thanks Michael for posting as a reminder. Blessings+

  • Sean Heritage

    I love this poem and appreciate your continued mentorship and inspiration from afar.  Although I finish most everything I start, I must admit that I am proud of the times I chose to quit something that wasn’t working for me and shifted focus to a more significant opportunity.

    http://seanheritage.com/blog/quitters-and-winners/

  • BE Chappell

    Once when hiking with a friend, while crossing the top of a large bald we had to stop because we couldn’t see the trail on the other side, only a very large drop off. The arrow was painted on the rock – but it seemed to point to nowhere. 

    We sat, drank our water and debated turning back – the size of the drop off was so terrifying. I said “but what if the trail is there, and we just can’t see it from this point?” My friend handed me the dog leash and said “I’ll go.” she very gingerly kept her body low and crept up and over the top of the bald. Then she stood straight up and laughed “your right! It’s right here!” 

    I am still proud of myself that day for not turning back and I think of that moment every time I want to quit. 

  • http://imrodmartin.com/ Rod Martin

    I first heard that poem in 1976 when Heartsill Wilson (a motivational speaker) read it to our church at a Saturday night banquet.  I was 15.  I wrote it out on a poster board and hung it in my room for probably 3 or 4 years (a lifetime as a teenager).

    Seems to me Seth Godin may have heard this right before he wrote “The Dip” lol.

    Thank you for sharing this poem – always a great message – especially as we look to a new year of commitments and (hopefully) growth.

    One of the most important lines for me is “And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far” – I think great leaders can not only push through the difficult times, but they can “see” through them.  Whether because of the force of their vision, their unyielding faith in their own & team’s abilities, or some sense of urgency for a higher good,  (or all of the above), leaders who succeed stay the course.  They may make “corrections” along the way – but the prize is always in sight.  

    Thanks Michael – a great way to start the day

  • Mary E Hood

    Love ! I’m virtually positive it is by Edgar Guest, one of my favorite poets. I think it was in one of his anthologies I read many times when I was a child.

  • Clark Palmer

    This a very well known poem by Ehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Guestdgar Guest.    And one of my favorites of his.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      As far as I can tell, this poem isn’t by him, though it is sometimes attributed to him. I wonder if it is because he did write a poem called “On Quitting.”

  • Steve Sanduski

    Reminds me of the quote: 

    “Whatever
    you do, don’t give up your dream five minutes before the miracle.” from Paul Farrell.

    Good to keep in mind as we begin a new year.

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  • http://www.RobTrenckmann.com/ Rob Trenckmann

    Super timely post for me–thanks!  

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    Could be a Philip Morris ad. 

  • http://twitter.com/MicheleWilbert Michele Wilbert

    My sixth grade teacher had us memorize that poem and that was over 30 yrs ago. For some reason I have never forgotten the words of the 1st paragraph. Great reminder as we start the new year! As a follower of your blog the last 3 yrs thanks for all the encouragement  you have given to me!

  • SentryAgent

    Great poem.  It’s been so long since I’ve seen it that I had forgotten it.  While digging to see if I could find the author, I found this; “News is that it was written by Alice Rowland of Alberta Canada, who claims to havewritten it in 1948 when she was 15. However the poem was found to be published in TheBest loved Poems of the American People” published by Doubleday & Company, Inc.,Garden City, N.Y. ISBN 0-385-00019-7. Copyright 1936. This is 12 years prior to thedate Alice Rowland (nee Enzie) claims to have written the poem.”  
    Also, I found what someone claims is the last, and “missing” stanza:  “
    “For we know the Father above looks downHe sees our struggles and holds the crown.He knows the way though it’s rough and drear,He will give us strength so we need not fear.He offers to you the refreshing cupOf the water of life: then in faith look up.Continue on ’til the crown is wonWhich He will give when our work is done.”

    • https://www.facebook.com/BestsellerWisdom Bonnie Brooks

      Great research. Also, thanks for sharing the last verse.

  • http://davidkirkaldy.com/ David Kirkaldy

    Someone may have already mentioned this, but the poem and the sentiment ties in nicely with observation #2 in your Platform Keynote.  “Observation: many people quit right before they are about to succeed!” 

    http://michaelhyatt.com/myresources/platform-keynote-speech.pdf

  • http://www.chrisjeub.com/ Chris Jeub

    Happy Boxing Day! 
    Wait, that was yesterday.

  • http://twitter.com/CarrieROConnor3 Carolyn R. O’Connor

    During the years I was a bivocational assistant pastor living an hour from the church I worked for (as a volunteer, essentially), I wanted to give up sooo bad. It was exhausting as I also worked as an C-Level executive assistant full-time. 

    Spent a lot of time asking God to release me so that I could do one or the other (preferably not both). Looking back, I am glad I didn’t quit . . . the things I learned about myself and what I was capable of have become invaluable as I am now full-time in ministry as an administrative pastor. 

    • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

       Carolyn, wow – what a demanding situation. Would you mind sharing a couple of those valuable lessons that you learned? :)

      • http://twitter.com/CarrieROConnor3 Carolyn R. O’Connor

        Here are a few of them:

        1. Community & relationships are important. During the 3 1/2 years I commuted between my home/job and the church, many of my relationships suffered because I didn’t place them as that important in my schedule. Now, I make time to call, email, and visit with my close friends as part of my schedule (even if it takes a month to get something together).

        2. Difficulty does not always mean wrong fit/bad job. Those years were very difficult, and I sometimes wondered if I was doing what I was supposed to be doing and following God’s direction. People encouraged me to quit along the way, saying that it was too much for me and that I must not be living by faith. What I discovered is that continuing to push through in the midst of difficulty also requires faith – faith that God hasn’t abandoned you and has a plan for a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11).

        3. I’m stronger than I ever realized. Looking back, the load should have crushed me (my weeks were anywhere from 60 to 75 hours at times). Yet, God’s grace was present and I survived with an ability to persevere through some really tough stuff. Anytime I think that I can’t handle something in my present state, I look back and realize that when I follow God’s will and plan, the strength will be there.

        There are many other things, but those are the few that really stand out to me. Thanks for the question and the opportunity to share!

        • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

           Carolyn, thanks for your response. #1 is really good for me to hear right now as I’m entering into a very demanding season; it makes me ask how I’ll be more intentional about keeping in touch with my friends. Thanks again :)

  • thank you

    Thank you for this. I’ve been struggling getting an acupuncture practice started. I also tried going off my anxiety/depression meds. I’m back on now, but it takes a while for them to kick in and everyday is a struggle. Positive messages like this are helpful.

  • Angelina Graham

     love this! a great application piece to this is the Slight Edge approach. All about the small things that we do daily that lead to our greatest success!

    http://www.slightedge.org/pages/the-book

  • DanKnight

    Was there a time I wanted to quit? Yes, usually at about the 4K mark of my 5K run.

  • Nrknp

    So great is the message within this poem. During such trying times a lot of people could benefit from following this advise.  As many times in your past posts – I’ve gained wisdom and guidance and appreciate your efforts.  Peace and joy to you in the new year.

  • http://www.intentionalcareer.com/ Henrieta Riesco

    Nice poem :-)
    “Don’t quit!” doesn’t necessarily mean “Continue doing the same thing!”. We have to remain flexible. Resting is good. We can pause, reflect on what’s been going on well and what other ways we can try. Also, usually before we start we don’t know much about the road ahead. And as we go and gain new knowledge, it may steer us different direction. I don’t see that as quitting either. For me, quitting is throwing all the experiences away and getting stuck in the old way of doing, thinking, relating… Quitting is stopping the movement in the direction that is connected to who we are (authenticity).
    http://www.IntentionalCareer.com

  • Allure814

    Nice poem, reminder of not quiting. Almost the same message from the bible “Do not be afraid”

  • Rosalind

    Just recently I wanted quit my thought was what is the use. No one want to hear what I have to say even though it is the TRUTH. I was reminded that as long as there is life in my very being that I must not quit.,

  • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

    When I want to quit, it’s because I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. In the midst of it, I’m tempted to remain all-or-nothing, to attack it head-on, or to completely give up. But finishing often means scaling back in order to ship; sometimes it means having that hard conversation about how much I can really deliver, then deciding to do it even if it’s not what I had first envisioned.

  • michael kilpatrick

    I never comment- but this was exactly what I needed today!!  Thanks Michael!!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for commenting, Michael.

  • http://ernestdempsey.net/ Ernest Dempsey

    Internal attrition gets me sometimes.  At least, that’s what I call it.  It’s a strange thing.  I know the things I need to do to succeed.  I know what success looks like to me.  Yet, it is a daily battle to do the things I know will lead to the life I want.  
    It sounds an awful lot like laziness but it isn’t.  It’s something different.  Sometimes, that internal attrition makes me feel like quitting.  It tells me that I’m nothing special.  
    But I keep working, pushing, moving forward into the darkness of the unknown, hoping to find the light soon.  
    Thanks for sharing the poem.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Thanks for sharing that, Ernest!

      Internal attrition is a good phrase.  It makes me thing of Andy Stanley’s phrase “Vision Leaks”.  He’s talking about leading an organization, but it certainly applies to self-leadership, too.  Over time we forget our “why” and have to remind ourselves again to fill our “vision-buckets”.  Vision is the fuel that gets us through the hard stuff.  

  • Festus Omotara

    Human nature cannot endure when it comes to perseverance during hard times. It takes the grace of God to stay especially when you feel you have not been treated well. People become weak when they are being deprived of their rights.As for the true Christians they are ready to persevere because in perseverance comes the reward. I have learnt that when the pressure to quit is high that is when your glory is about to shine. Heb.12:2 confirms this. Do you have a vision? Pursue it until you accomplish it. Winners never quit and quitters never win.

  • http://twitter.com/BonnieJBrooks Bonnie Brooks

    This poem has a very special meaning for me. My daughter gave me a bookmark with the words of the poem on it when she was 9 years old. I was going through a very challenging period in my life then, and every day for months I read those words and thought of a daughter who needed me, so I prayed constantly for the strength to hold on.

    That story is in my unpublished manuscript and you can read it when I publish it, but I have to finish up your Get Published program first, which I’m working through. And it is an excellent program that everyone reading these comments should order if they haven’t already.  :-)

  • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

    Great poem and reminder as we enter a New Year. 

  • jill farris

    We joined a missionary organization back in the ’80′s and it took us four long years to raise our financial support. One day we got a card with that poem on it. We didn’t know the person who sent the card so we double checked who the envelope was addressed to and realized that it had gone to the wrong address. God used that mistake to bless us and help us persevere! 

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      What a cool story, Jill!

  • http://workoptions.com/ Pat Katepoo

    My freedom-loving self wanted to quit college after my junior year. But I’m glad I returned and completed my senior year to graduate. (Thanks, Mom & Dad.) These days, I’m tempted to quit my efforts to learn the French language, having started just a few years ago. Progress is s-l-o-w. But I can’t help return to it even though it’s unrelated to my work. There is something satisfying about pressing on and seeing progress, even without an endpoint.

  • Scott Goodfellow

    That is my new favorite poem.
    Here is my story:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W_WTFASVCU

  • http://dalemelchin.wordpress.com/ Dale Melchin

    @mhyatt:disqus !  I just wanted to tell you how much I needed to see this poem.  This year has been a bitter sweet year for me.  The last two years before this, I went through a business failure and a business that never got off the ground.  This year I’ve been working a steady customer service gig and I’ve started blogging about self-help and ancient traditions.  As a result of the relative stability to last year I’ve finally gotten some clarity on my vision and while  I will not share it publicly (again, per your teaching. ;-) )  I will tell you that it is you and this blog and these fine folks, and many many others for helping me get off the ropes.  I know I tend to be loud and silly when I comment on here at times.  But I want to you know from the bottom of my heart, Michael, thank you for writing your stuff.  You have no idea what a personal impact it has on people, or whose life you help to turn around.

    Seeing this poem is very much the sum and substance of what you call us to do!
    Thanks again Michael! 

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Dale, 
      Congrats on a clearer vision and moving forward! 

      • http://dalemelchin.wordpress.com/ Dale Melchin

        John!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind words, Dale. All the best to you in 2013!

      • http://dalemelchin.wordpress.com/ Dale Melchin

        Thank you.  Same for you, sir!

  • Cmorris

    I have had this poem on my bulletin board for years and have looked at it many times to remind me that challenges are just part of the journey.  

  • Daniel

    Good words! Thanks for sharing them.

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    I wanted to quit chasing my dream of being a writer earlier this year when my ebook completely flopped. 

    I stuck it out, sold a bunch of books and now have my first published book coming out in May :) Don’t quit!

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Kimanzi’s 2012 has been a great example for all of us!!

  • Daryl Crouch TheJourneyX.org

    Yes I have felt like giving up! I have been wrestling with it this past month. It is good to be reminded – “So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—

    It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.” I’m there for the long haul…..

  • Tracey L. Moore

    Are you kidding me? I want to quit now. :o) But I won’t. I have to much time and money invested in trying to get my business off the ground. Although I have had one setback after another, I have had to pick myself up, dust myself off and push forward. But I guess that is what happens when you have a dream that you are pursuing. Here is a poem that I wrote called, “When God Gives You a Dream.”
    WHEN GOD GIVES YOU A DREAM
     
    When God gives you a dream in your heart
    It’s like you’re pregnant with child,
    You have all the signs that you’re pregnant,
    But you can’t see that you are for a while.
    When you can see yourself walking in
    What God Almighty has planned for you,
    If by faith you can see it and
    In your heart it comes into view,
    It’s like looking at the ultrasound
    Of the baby that leaps within.
    The womb of your heart is carrying
    A dream God Himself did send.
     
    You watch your pregnant belly grow,
    Your life is no longer the norm.
    You even feel your baby kick
    As your dream begins to take form.
    At some point you go through transition,
    Then the labor pains do start.
    Sometimes things get so rough and painful,
    Your journey seems so very hard.
    For when you feel those birth pains
    And those contractions come steadily,
    You cannot abort the baby now,
    For dilation has come so readily.
    You must keep pushing, bearing down
    No matter how painful it is,
    You’re birthing something into this realm,
    A blessing that’s so positive.
    You cannot allow yourself to turn back
    No matter how bad it gets,
    You must keep pushing forward
    Set your focus, and keep it set.
    The babe now moves through the birth canal,
    You simply cannot give up.
    For God has given you the strength to hang on,
    And keep your feet within the stirrups.
    You feel the crown of the baby’s head
    As it emerges from your womb,
    The baby that has been growing within
    Will come into this world very soon.
     
    Then finally your “child” is born,
    That sweet little face you see,
    The dream that God had put in your heart
    Is now truly a reality.
    You forget the pain of childbirth
    And all that you went through,
    When you finally have the dream in your hand
    That God had promised you.
    You see that it’s all been worth it,
    As painful as it may have seemed,
    Remember that’s how it happens
    When God gives you a dream.
     
    Copyright 2012 Tracey L. Moore

  • John D. Crane

    My 7th grade teacher had us all memorize this poem, and, as Robert Frost might say, “that has made all the difference!”

  • https://www.facebook.com/BestsellerWisdom Bonnie Brooks

    Grace, what a great story. Thank you for sharing it. It means a lot to me. I will remember those words, “Please keep writing.” 

  • Margie

    I heard a quote today on the radio that reminded me of this sentiment — maybe it’s something I need to pay attention to! (Although I don’t know of anything I’m quitting or thinking about quitting currently.)
     “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that
    counts.” — Winston Churchill

  • Catherine

    How did you know?!  I quit smoking 3 days ago.  Your newsletter and poem were timed just right!  Thank you ….. Catherine, Australia

  • Lizzie L

    I was doing a bike-a-thon to raise money to sponsor a child.  Only my sister and dad rode with me.  It was raining all day.  We rode on a fine gravel path.  The bikes were leaving an inch thick indent on the path.  I had hardly gotten half way (12 km) when I wanted to quit.  I kept going though.  And it totally counted in the end.  I got to sponsor a beautiful little boy in El Salvador.  It was definitely an “uphill climb,” but know I get the “golden crown” as did Mainor (my little sponsored boy)!

  • http://twitter.com/DrScottHamilton Dr. Scott Hamilton

    I’m currently working through a bicycle training program toward riding a century. I did it once before when I was 30 but I’ll confess that my 49-year-old body doesn’t recover as well as it once did. Last Friday, my goal was a 50-mile ride, and I just about stopped at mile 30 but then realized I only had 20 left.

    Today, I was riding 60, and while the desire to quit wasn’t as strong as it was last week, the itch to quit reared its ugly head between mile 45 and 50. I may be 49 but I’m not going to let a bicycle whipped me!

    Scott

    • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

       Inspiring. Thanks Scott.

  • http://www.faithfulmd.wordpress.com/ Dr Mari

    ” It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.” I’m living this right now. I just went through a trial where I was confused, disappointed, hurt … but I persevered … and I believe God will bless and honor my trust and surrender, all in His perfect time.

    Inspiring and true poem! Thanks.

  • http://www.faithfulmd.wordpress.com/ Dr Mari

     “…but those who hope in the Lord
        will renew their strength.
    They will soar on wings like eagles;
        they will run and not grow weary,
        they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)As I finished the post (below), my 10 year-old son came up to me and, out of nowhere, gave me a wristband that says, “Expecting a miracle,” and quotes Isaiah 40:31. Beautiful!Yes! God’s promises are true … every one of them. Michael, thank you for being an encourager to all of us. May God bless you and your ministry in 2013.

  • Ash

    Thanks Michael for this post.  I was literally just thinking to myself how difficult it is right now for me in my business and how far away I feel from goals and dreams, when I glanced through my email and saw your post.  I have to believe that was divine intervention.  I know now that this a crossroads, where I lay down and give up or continue pushing through to success.  Thanks for the push!

  • Neal Durham

    If anyone knows who Langston Hughes is, this would be right alongside his poem “Mother to Son.”  It is about not quitting or giving up.  Hughes was a modernist poet from the early 20th century.

  • http://www.peterdehaan.com/ Peter DeHaan

    One day I came home from little league practice, threw my glove on the ground, and announced I was quitting.

    My dad told me quitting  wasn’t an option. Though I didn’t have to play next year, I had to stick out this season.

    It’s a lesson I’ve never forgotten.

  • http://www.mondayisgood.com/ Tom Dixon

    Last time I really wanted to quit something was my MBA program….but stuck it out and now very glad to have it.  Great post – I wasn’t familiar with that poem.

  • Gerald

    nice thanks it was a big help..

  • ERNESTO SANCHEZ MEDEL

    si   la  verdad  si  un  dia  quise  dejar  de  fumar pero  siento  como  que  si  nunca  pudiera  dejarlo  aun  que  ya  esta  en  manos  de  dios  esta  peticion pues  creo  que  el podra ayudarme 

  • TGPNorth

    There are so many times I have wanted to quit . . . after losing my fiance to a drunk driver, having to work through the physical injuries caused by the accident, enduring the emotional trauma and survivors guilt, during the legal battles over his estate, and even to this day, as I struggle to rebuild my professional life.  With no family or support system, the temptation to quit is much more difficult to fight off.  However, I’m still here for a reason, so onward I must go!

  • http://www.douglasoakes.com/ Douglas Oakes

    5 years ago I completed a Masters of Divinity degree and then moved my young family to be closer to extended family.  My wife and I had no jobs, just a desire to put family first.  The first job I got was as a timekeeper in the oilfields for a construction company.  I was a complete fish out of water.  Being dropped in a foreign country might have been easier.  I asked God repeatedly about the wilderness he had led me to and what purpose this might hold for a theology student.  5 years later I am with the same company with an opportunity to lead 200+ men (a valuable ministry) and an income that sustains my family.  Glad I stuck it out!

    • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

       Doug, as a guy who is finishing up Seminary (after 7 years), I just want to affirm what you wrote: that you current work is a significant place of ministry. Your MDiv was a worthy investment; men and women you lead I’m sure sense the effects of your training.

  • CS Heinz

    If everyone says no, but God says yes, you have a majority.

    I wanted to quit trying to get my book on prayer published. After getting 30 rejections by publishers, I leaned into the LORD about whether to keep going. Publishers said if I was writing on a different topic, no problem. But prayer is a crowded topic, they said. So when I leaned in, the LORD said to keep going because the world needs this fresh approach to prayer. So I did. Everyone said no, but God said yes. So now WestBow Press will publish it and I couldn’t be happier.

  • http://www.myrkothum.com/ Myrko Thum

    Again, I personally thing there are times when you have to quit and times when you have to stick. Knowing the difference is what is the challenge.

    Read “The Dip” from Seth Godin, which is all about that topic.

  • http://twitter.com/nash_jen Jennifer Nash

    Thank you for sharing this poem. I really needed to read it. I’m in the midst of wanting to give up right now on getting a consulting business started.

    The past 10 years haven’t been easy after my music business career ended with a layoff as the industry started tanking. Opportunities have come up only to not really take off for one reason or another. However, I pressed on, believing that one day I will be at the right place at the right time. I’ve learned numerous new skills and gained experiences that I never would have had otherwise. Every day was a challenge, but I kept putting one foot in front of the other. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Good for you. Hang in there. 2013 could be YOUR year!

  • http://davidchristian.co/ David Christian

    I started a series of blog posts about three years ago. And four years ago. Both times I quit because it was so much work and I let other things get in the way.

    Now with my LifePlan in hand, I can always look back and see what it most important to me, why I am doing it, and where to focus my time. I am in the process of turning that uncompleted series of posts into a completed eBook that I can give away to my subscribers. It is more work now than it was before, but I made clear goals and included motivation for sticking to them.

  • http://www.livebeyondawesome.com/ Jen McDonough “The Iron Jen”

    HA! I actually have the words “Don’t Quet” (Don’t Quit) tattooed on the back of my ankle. It is our family motto – my kids know our goals and priorities may change, however, the action of moving forward is essential, even when life tries to knock you. 
    The words “Don’t Quet” came from my young daughter who misspelled it on a sign I came across during my last 13.1 miles of my Ironman triathlon. As my body ached like never before and each step  felt like I was walking on coals, I chanted those two words OVER and OVER (sometimes spelling it and sometimes saying it, don’t quet, don’t q.u.e.t.). I ended up carrying her sign on to victory when I crossed the finish line  after being out on the course 14 1/2 hours. A few months later when our world caved in emotionally and financially, I would end up chanting those same two words over and over again when we were going through that very mucky time in our lives. 
    It is also used in all three of my books as a note to my readers as a reminder to keep moving even if it is in tiny incremental steps.

    Thanks Michael!
    Live Beyond Awesome!
    Jen
    @TheIronJen:disqus 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Awesome story, Jen. Thanks for sharing it.

      • http://www.livebeyondawesome.com/ Jen McDonough “The Iron Jen”

        ahhh…thanks for the response back Michael! I was going to name our first book “Don’t Quet” but got the thumbs done at Dan Miller’s writing conference. ha ha ha ha. Joanne Miller was the one who actually came up with Living Beyond Awesome title (it is usually how I answer people when they ask how is it going – Pretty Dang Awesome is another one, but not as catchy. ha ha ha). Happy New Year!

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I like Living Beyond Awesome a lot. Joanne is awesome herself. She has become one of Gail’s best friends. They are in painting class together.

          • http://www.livebeyondawesome.com/ Jen McDonough “The Iron Jen”

            Thanks Michael for the kind note. Yes, Joanne is pretty dang awesome. 

            The painting class sounds like a hoot – Dan has mentioned it on his podcast. Gail must know his granddaughter Clara who sounds like she is quite the artist.

  • Christie McRae

    Thank you for this poem.  Many times over the last two years that have been what my pastor calls “the tsunami of my life” I’ve thought about giving in or giving up.  My faith in an ever faithful God is what keeps me going and never quitting.  Jesus gave ALL…I can’t do less and He never said life would be easy or painless.

  • http://www.weeklyhustle.com/ Ryan Ridgway

    Great poem Michael, thank you for sharing this! Certainly saving this link for a rainy day. Cheers – Ryan

  • Lauwoauckland

    Thanks for your learning Poem, really there are some time passing in very difficult situation and when I keep strong I susceed, than quiting earlier.

  • Lauwoauckland

    I remember on my A level Studying real it was a tough journey, But all in all I didnot quit up and I succeed ( IN GOD I TRUST).

  • Rebecca Jo Cannon

    Today Dec. 28, 2012 I wanted to quit but opened my ragged old Bible to repair pages. While doing so, came upon many highlighted verses that have helped me in the past. I have gone from success in the military, single parent, managing retail & stores & at 55 am now on disability. I have faith that God can heal instantly. I read the book of Job, & I don’t know how long that took, but I do trust God. But, my human flesh today in a weak point physically.  Thanks, for putting that in front of me today…I really  don’t want to quit. I have a book to write about all the adventures & miracles God has done. I will be bold here, & ask for prayer & provision.

  • http://www.mkelly.com.au/ Mark Kelly

    What a great poem..

  • Ruth Tong

    Rudyard Kipling classic poem he wrote it for his son who sadly died in the war and never got to hear it so it was said at his grave – there was a film made about it their whole story is inspiring – you might wanna look it up blessings Ruth

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Ruth. Do you have a link for your claim?

      In my research, I found a number of people who claimed to have written the poem. I found it attributed to others, like Annie Johnson Flint, Edward Guest, or even Rudyard Kipling. However, I can find no clear consensus or scholarly reference.
      In the case of Kipling, it is not listed in his complete collection of poems. Thanks.

  • http://www.toddstocker.com/ Todd Stocker

    I love the line “Success is Failure turned inside out!”  

  • Kjreusser

    I remember almost quitting as a writer 20+ yrs ago when I could not figure out how to get an article published (I was teaching myself). I sat on my sofa and thought, ‘This is taking too much time, money and effort. I should be more productive for my family.’ I decided to give it one more try and thought of writing a simple how-to article about a program in my church. It was pub’d and while my progress was slow, it was steady. Today I’ve pub’d 9 children’s books and wrote 2 add’l in 2012 for a different pub’r. I’ve pub’d 1000s of newspaper/magazine articles and often speak about my life as a writer/author. It’s wonderful but lots of hard work. It’s so worth it to live my dream.

  • Rebecca

    Thank you for that poem…I have been hit pretty hard right now…and I feel like quitting and the end seems to far away…so thanks for the post.

  • http://twitter.com/sueannescott Susan Scott

    Just seeing the title inspired me! I was carrying a grudge over something another person did that I have no control over, but it completely derailed my day and the time I had set aside to work toward my goals. But, when I saw “Don’t Quit” I realized I could indulge my bad attitude and stew about the unfairness of it all, or I could choose to let it go and turn my focus back to what is important – achieving my goals. Thanks for the reminder.  

  • Photini

    I have loved that poem since I first heard it in 1967.  I was a senior in high school, and although I don’t remember what had me so “down” I can still picture where I was when a friend quoted it to me in its entirety.  I had him write it down for me and quickly committed it to memory.  I’ve always thought the last two verses were the best.  This poem has long been one of the things that keeps me going.

     “Often the goal is nearer than, It seems to a faint and faltering man….” 

    How true, how true!

    • Photini

       I found this saying that Edward Guest is the author – at least in 1921 he held the copyright.  http://www.all-creatures.org/discuss/dontquit-10120810-k.html

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        That is fascinating. It is the most convincing piece I have read about the authorship. This seems like an opportunity for someone to write a dissertation!

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  • http://www.CFinancialFreedom.com Dr. Jason Cabler

    Very timely for me.  I just had a heart attack on Christmas day, and of course that was a huge bummer.  However, I really haven’t let it scare me or freak me out, and I know It will serve to ultimately make me healthier.  I will continue on and not let it dampen my spirit or my plans for the future.  Thanks for the inspiration Michael!

  • http://twitter.com/mawade1 Michael A. Wade

    Michael thanks for this great reminder to never give up.  It also brings to my mind the movie “Cinderella Man”  I am going to have to dig that one out and watch it again.

  • Jez Ash

    A great poem indeed. I came across this  some years back in a motivational book. From a bit of help from Google I believe Edgar Albert Guest is the original author.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Maybe. I’m not sure. If you scan the comments above, you’ll see people attribute the poem to numerous people. I have not found anything conclusive on the web.

  • Keith L. Bell

    In answer to your question Michael… there have been too many times to count.  My wife and I have been married for going on 27 years, and I have been tempted to quit on many occasions, but I have found that the consequences of quitting are far worse than the worst disagreements we have ever had together.  The pros of not quitting simply infinitely outweigh the cons.

    I also wanted to share this quick note with you.  I am a brand new baby to the writing world, but I am about to publish my first book on Kindle, thanks to the continual wisdom I’ve gleaned from you and your Platform team.  

    I took my son and daughter out to lunch today, and as we ate I asked them to give me some inputs on what they thought the cover of my first book should contain.  In our conversation we didn’t come up with much, so after we got home, I began searching the web for photo ideas.  I went to Getty Images and other places.

    Then something told me to check out your page to see what your latest photo would be so that I could find out where you may have gotten it.  Lo and behold, your latest post reads “Whatever You Do, Don’t Quit!”  Well, “Don’t Quit!”  is the title of the book that I’ve been working on this past year and will be releasing as my first book!

    Thanks Michael–You continue to inspire me to brave beyond my imagined inabilities, and to not quit!  

    More to come…  

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That’s awesome, Keith. What a great story.

      All the best to you with your new book.

  • http://SourcesOfInsight.com/ JD. Meier

    This reminds me of how so many people will quit their New Years resolution, just when they are on the brink of success.

    I think it’s how we frame setbacks.  

    I’ve always embraced the idea that failure isn’t final, and it’s not fatal … it’s feedback.

    I think that’s one of the keys to succeeding with New Years resolutions.   It’s getting back on the horse, when we fall down:

    Fail at your New Years Resolution 7 tries.  Try again 8.

    When we know how to bounce back with skill, we can really hit our high notes and operate at a higher-level.

    Whenever I need to dig deep, or lean into a challenge, I remember a passage one of my mentors shared with me, from Teddy Roosevelt:
    The Man in the Arena.

    It’s powerful stuff … 300 style.

    Sometimes the best way to rise and shine, is to dive deep inside, and remind yourself what you’re capable of, and challenge yourself to your higher calling.

  • Joe Neikirk

    I was hopelessly hooked on drugs. I had lost my business, wife and children,  and there seemed liked all hope was lost. My self esteem, if there is such a thing was shot dead. Life was an endless merry go around of dissapointment, shame and regret and I could not get off. I was in the despair of paranoia and depression. I was not living, I was dead in myself. I was on a street corner one night when I heard the voice of God say to me, “Lay down your yoke for it is heavy and put my yoke on for it is light”, I have been stone cold sober now for 23 years. After my addiction I have two Masters and working on a third. I am a Certified Maxwell Life Coach and Business Mentor, I lead a Leadership Academy for a University Athletic Department. With the help of God I have help open 150 long term substance abuse beds in my state. Do not give up, God has not given up on you. Grace is a powerful antidote for the venom of shame and anger. God loves you and will give you a New Identity. God bless, hope this encourages someone

  • http://twitter.com/CarterMayberry1 Carter Mayberry, MD

    As a freshman in college, I failed the first three calculus exams and wanted to drop the class. However, that would mean I would lose my scholarship! I found an engineering grad student, who tutored me, showed me how to set up the problems and it “clicked!” I scored 195 out of 200 on the final exam!

  • http://twitter.com/JMZeiger Jennifer M Zeiger

    Thanks for the poem. It’s so true that in hind’s sight you realize how close you were to reaching a goal when you threw in the towel. 

  • Suzie

    This post is timely for me. I recently began a podcast after several years of simply dreaming of getting it done. Today, I recorded my second episode. It took me multiple attempts before I finally told myself that I would not give up, but I would keep trying until I got it right- not perfect, but acceptable. My next recording was good enough to use. I know that my skills will improve as time goes on. Giving up is not an option.
    Thanks for the reinforcement through this post, Michael.
    Suzie Farthing
    One Love for Nurses
    Onelovefornurses.com

  • Stellampp

    That poem Don’t Quit was written by Edgar A Guest. 
    Edgar Guest
    On August 20, 1881, Edgar Guest was born in Birmingham, England, to Edwin and Julia Wayne Guest. The family settled in Detroit, Michigan, in 1891. When Edwin lost his job in 1893, eleven-year-old Edgar between working odd jobs after school. In 1895 he was hired as a copy boy for the Detroit Free Press, where he would work for almost sixty-five years. His father died when the poet was seventeen, and Guest was forced to drop out of high school and work full time at the newspaper. He worked his way up from a copy boy to a job in the news department. His first poem appeared on December 11, 1898. His weekly column, “Chaff,” first appeared in 1904; his topical verses eventually became the daily “Breakfast Table Chat,” which was syndicated to over three-hundred newspapers throughout the United States.
    Guest married Nellie Crossman in 1906. The couple had three children. His brother Harry printed his first two books, Home Rhymes andJust Glad Things, in small editions. His verse quickly found an audience and the Chicago firm of Reilly and Britton began to publish his books at a rate of nearly one per year. His collections include Just Folks (1917), Over Here (1918),When Day Is Done (1921), The Passing Throng(1923), Harbor Lights of Home (1928), andToday and Tomorrow (1942).
    From 1931 to 1942, Guest broadcast a weekly program on NBC radio. In 1951, “A Guest in Your Home” appeared on NBC TV. He published more than twenty volumes of poetry and was thought to have written over 11,000 poems. Guest has been called “the poet of the people.” http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/731

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      This is debatable. (See all the comments above.) It doesn’t appear in any of his collections. (If you have a reference, please do share it.)

  • Murthykangovi

    I was always rating myself in competence and confidence 
    prompted me to seek second position and a safe haven,
    not until a a great soul knowing my feelings pulled my spirits
    and to do what best you can do and keep going.

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  • Sfreeman017

    Thanks for sharing the poem.  Yes I definitely experienced quitting in many forms last year, but somehow just holding on to God’s grace despite contrary circumstances got me through.  Now a year later, my life is much different for the better.  

  • Dr John Read

    Michael,
    Thanks for sharing your sentiments through this poem.
    I am reminded of another in a similar vein. English humour in this case from the Life Of Brian…
    words and music by Eric IdleSome things in life are badThey can really make you madOther things just make you swear and curse.When you’re chewing on life’s gristleDon’t grumble, give a whistleAnd this’ll help things turn out for the best…And…always look on the bright side of life… Always look on the light side of life…If life seems jolly rottenThere’s something you’ve forgottenAnd that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing.When you’re feeling in the dumpsDon’t be silly chumpsJust purse your lips and whistle – that’s the thing.And…always look on the bright side of life… Always look on the light side of life…For life is quite absurdAnd death’s the final wordYou must always face the curtain with a bow.Forget about your sin – give the audience a grinEnjoy it – it’s your last chance anyhow.So always look on the bright side of death Just before you draw your terminal breathLife’s a piece of shitWhen you look at itLife’s a laugh and death’s a joke, it’s true.You’ll see it’s all a showKeep ‘em laughing as you goJust remember that the last laugh is on you.And always look on the bright side of life…Always look on the right side of life… (Come on guys, cheer up!)Always look on the bright side of life…Always look on the bright side of life…(Worse things happen at sea, you know.)Always look on the bright side of life…(I mean – what have you got to lose?)(You know, you come from nothing – you’re going back to nothing.What have you lost? Nothing!)Always look on the right side of life…I hope this brings a smile for you and your readers too.Best wishes for a fulfilling 2013,SincerelyDr John Read

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  • dougburrier

    Yesterday. I wanted to quit yesterday. I have found for me that the following equation often applies: overwhelmed = beginning of desire to quit. I am a dreamer with a thousand new ideas that I cannot accomplish on my own (thanks to my coach for pointing that out!). Refocusing my time and mind back to what I am great at and reviewing successes helps. But the death blow quitting comes when I focus on my passions. My comment yesterday to a dear friend as we talked about “the one thing” I would say if given 30 seconds says it all — “If I’m not careful, I’m going to get excited and forget that I have been depressed for two days straight!” 

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  • Chris

    Michael,
    I am going through a start-up where quitting seems the thing to do so I have this post open as a tab in my browser as a reminder. Sometimes I go to it on purpose, sometimes inadvertently but it always brings me back to staying the course.
    Thanks

  • Murthykangovi

    When Iam  fully equipped with ability, confidence
    persuasive consistency, fully committed with 
    discipline and with due belief in my perceptions.
    and clarity of purpose and care taken to manage
    all possible imaginable impediments.

    Suddenly I find surprisingly a set back..I do not
    get nervous and QUIT  but  fight back with    
    renewed zeal accept the challenge and stoop to 
    conquer till I succeed…………………..regards.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/alvin.gloversr.1 Alvin Glover Sr.

    I almost gave up but God step in and blocked it and He gave me what I needed to hang on in there! He gave me the patient to hold on just a tad bit longer. Thank you Lord for Hebrews 11:1 in Jesus Name!

  • Tonya Corbin

    My memory has fuzzed me. I used to write a lot of poems. I truly feel like I wrote this in school. I submitted it to some poem site online. Though many people claim it. Guess we will find out some day. Ha life is funny.