Diary of a Hip Hop, Rap, and R&B Fan/Relentless Hustler…continuation…
Quitting is Never the Best Option...
By Steve Clenor, BA, MSMS
In this life, making a decision and sticking to it is very hard. With the advent of the internet, fast-food, and being part of the microwavable generation don't make it easy to practice patience and work hard enough at something until it becomes a success. It seems that jumping around from one idea to another has become the norm, never fully allowing any of them to develop before calling it quit and moving on to the next thing. After losing the superbowl recently, Cam Newton stated, "Show me a good loser, I'll show you a loser", I couldn't agree with him more. In that same mindset, "Show me a quitter, and I'll show you a failure." It is true that at times you start something you cannot finish, but are not finishing because you don't have the capabilities to see it through, or is it because of lack of effort and will power? In some instances, the lack of effort is a result of waiting on others to help you instead of helping yourself. Nothing is more annoying to me than the mentality of those whom feel like people owe them something, so they don't extend themselves to make their dream come true, but for some reason they always have plenty of people to blame for not being successful. In my humble opinion, quitting is never the best option, most often it's the option chosen by failures. In essence, "Winners never quit and quitters never win," a revered quote by the great Vince Lombardi.
If you've taken on the task to achieve something great in this life, undoubtedly, it will not be easy, and quite often the thoughts of quitting and taking the easy way out will cross your mind plenty of times. However, to use another quote to illustrate my point, "it's a thin line between love and hate", so is the line between success and failure. It is quite amazing to witness the transformation people go through from the inception of their idea, the excitement of seeing their idea come to life, then as they start seeing the necessary work ahead to achieve their goals, that's when their luster starts to fade and doubts start creeping in. This is when they are at the crossroads of success or failure because only a certain few are able to outlast these extremely important moments on the road to achieving something great. At this juncture, the question is, can you withstand the rain until the sun come out? Not many people can or do! It is best that you remind yourself of why you got involved in chasing your dreams in the first place. Also, very importantly, consider what's waiting on you after you quit, will you be content to not have that as part of your present or future. One major lesson I've learned in the last couple of years is that to be successful, one must do what most people won't. All the hard work and sacrifice that goes into chasing your dreams should be choice, not forced on you. Only chase what you want out of this life, not what others want for you. It is true to me that quitting should never be an option, find avenues and push through to build your foundation brick by brick until your house is complete.
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