“I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simple didn’t give up, you would outlast the people who came on the bus with you.” – Harrison Ford
I am amazed that the seemingly pervasive philosophy spreading throughout this great nation and even the world is one of quitting. If George Washington had quit would we be paying taxes to the Queen? If Winston Churchill had quit would the worlds population be blond haired and blue eyed and would we be speaking German or Russian? If Christopher Columbus had quit would America be the greatest nation in the world?
Quitting is easy.
It’s easy to roll over and go back to sleep when the alarm goes off.
It’s easy to relinquish control of the day (or night) to the television.
It’s easier to run away from a hard marriage than it is to find ways to make it work.
It’s easier to settle for the meager subsistence the government can provide than it is to make and follow dreams.
It’s easier to let the story you want to write languish in your mind than it is to sit down and make it live.
It’s easier to chug a super size coke and put away a triple decker fat burger than it is to wash down a healthy salad with a cup of water.
It’s easier to say “I really don’t look that bad” than it is to spend forty five minutes on the tread mill.
Harrison Ford could have avoided the disappointment that comes from rejection and walked away from his dream of appearing on the silver screen. He didn’t. He didn’t quit. He convinced someone, sometime, that he had it, consequently he became one of the most popular and highly sought after actors.
Quitting is easy but the rewards of persistence are euphoric!!