I know this sounds silly, but whenever I fly I still expect to see one of those “Now Leaving Texas. Ya’ll Come Back and See Us Real Soon.” signs floating in the sky when I look out the window.
Perhaps I watched too many episodes of The Jetsons growing up as a kid? Wouldn’t it be great if there were? Or better yet, if there were signs along the road of life that clearly told us what to do?
It is almost inevitable that anything worth doing in life will at one point or another cause us to question our abilities, our knowledge, our intentions, or our commitment. In the last three videos, we listened to Zig Ziglar talk to us about setting goals, not waiting to start them, and the importance dreams play in our lives.
There will always be those who want us to quit, and it is very easy to listen to them (see You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out! – Who Wants Your Business to Fail?). This week’s video has been one of those signs for me in my life. It reminds me to keep going, to keep fighting, and to not give up on my dreams.
The Featured Video this week is the poem Don’t Quit! that has motivated people for almost a century to not give up on their dreams. Where the poem originated or who wrote the poem is not known, but the impact it has had on the lives of so many is clear.
Here are the words to the poem …
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.
Disclosure: At the end of the video is a link to a website by Anthony Fernando. I chose this video solely because I liked the production quality compared to others that I could find on YouTube. I do not know anything about Anthony Fernando, and the inclusion of this video on my blog should in no way be construed as an endorsement of him or any product/services he may be offering.