When Tempted to Quit // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

Everybody is tempted to give up sometimes. Even the greatest success stories have the “shadow moments” of futility and hopelessness. It comes with the human package.

Wouldn’t it be great if we received a dollar for every time we felt like throwing in the towel — but didn’t?

That, really, is the difference between those who rise above the ordinary and others who meander in mediocrity.

In order to accomplish greatness, you must keep going — even when the way is riddled with difficulty. With your eye on the goal, you must plod forward towards it without wavering.

The other day I read “The Little Engine that Could” to my daughter — and she wanted to read it again! There’s something about keeping on which inspires all of us: from children to senior citizens.

What if Henry Ford would have quit? You’d be walking to work!

What if Susan B. Anthony had quit? Only half of the adults in America (the men) would have the right to vote.

What if Bill Gates had quit? We’d all still be pushing paper.

What if George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had quit? We’d have to sing “God Save the Queen” at our football games.

What if George Washington Carver had quit? There would be no peanut butter — and we’d be stuck with jelly sandwiches.

What if Jesus had quit? We’d be lost without a Savior.

What if Clara Barton had quit? There would be no Red Cross — and through the years, millions would have died prematurely and needlessly.

The point of the matter — If you have a worthwhile cause, don’t quit! Giving up won’t help matters any.

Keep to the task! If you succeed, you will bless everybody and if you fail, you will still be an inspiration.

The world is changed by those few brave souls who hang on just a little bit longer.

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