Read This If You’re About to Quit

These words are about that moment when you’re trying to make your dream come to life, but it doesn’t.

It just doesn’t.

And this dream of yours, it could be anything. Writing a book, starting a business, landing a new job, losing a few extra pounds, or finding your soulmate.

It’s what you want to be doing, what you know you should be doing, but you’re not doing it.

Because it’s not working out. It’s all setbacks and restlessness and this pitch darkness when you think about the future. It’s no visible progress. It’s fear and anger and bitterness and envy, all mixed up together, all demons afraid of each other.

Maybe that’s not your thing, after all? Or are you paying your dues?

Are you wasting your time or are you on the way to success?

Persist and resist.

“Two words,” said stoic philosopher Epictetus a long time ago, “should be committed to memory and obeyed by alternatively exhorting and restraining ourselves, words that will ensure we lead a mainly blameless and untroubled life.”

Those two words were persist and resist.

Persist in whatever set of actions are necessary to make your dream come true, and resist the urge to give in, give up, or blame someone else.

You must keep on keeping on, no matter how you feel inside. Even if your inner world is crumbling down. Even if you feel that you live inside a house that is burning down.

You are not your dream.

Your dream isn’t you.

Okay?

The Rock dreamed of being a football player and he was crushed when his growing list of injuries forced him to give up on his dreams.

Can you imagine it? Letting go of a life-long dream that you not only wanted, but worked hard to get, broke your body to get.

And then, just like that, it’s gone.

Now, look at what he’s accomplished, what he’s become.

Your dream isn’t you. Your dream is your dream. If you fail at it, it doesn’t mean you’ll fail in life.

And if you fail, so what? Try again. Fail again. Get better.

Do this over and over again until you succeed.

It’s that simple.

But giving up ensures that you spend a lot of time wondering how your life would have been different if only you’d have kept going.

And, believe me, it’s far better to ask “so what?” after a failure than to contemplate over the words “if only” for the rest of your life.


I’ve always succeeded when I’ve persisted, when I’ve resisted the urge to give up.

Even when I hated it.

Do you know how many times I almost gave up on this blog?

But, whether I wanted to quit, whether I felt it did no matter, the more I persisted, the more I succeeded.

Every single time, without fail.

The more I did it, the more failures I overcame. The more I learned and the better I became.

As long as you keep going, you will succeed eventually.

Maybe you won’t succeed in the exact way you imagine success, but you will succeed.

Persist and resist.

It’s that simple.


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13 thoughts on “Read This If You’re About to Quit

  1. I am almost sad the terms fail & failure exists. Perhaps it should be replaced with result. I did this and received a result. Do I like the result? Yes. Ok, continue.
    Or do I like the result? No. Ok, then change something and… continue. Failure is crippling to most, myself included. So, I love hearing stories about people who stubbornly persist – It truly is the only way.
    Thanks for the encouraging reminder!

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