“I DON’T MUCH CARE FOR QUITTERS, SON”
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 strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow 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 came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
R.U. Darby was a gold miner who found a vein of gold that many had been looking for. For awhile things were great, but then, the vein hit a solid block of rock. R.U. Darby sold his equipment, convinced the vein had dried up.
The same man who bought the equipment from R.U. Darby got a great price on it. He had faith that there really was gold in that legendary vein, and he simply coudn’t shake the belief that it wasn’t all over for that sweet spot. Following his hunch, he hired an expert who was familiar with mining, and discovered the vein that Darby had left, was just three feet from a gush of gold.
R.U. Darby quit too early.
People define failure different ways. I personally believe that a successful person is someone who takes the next best step, even when the next step is not yet clear to them.
In my life, many things have happened that seemed to be “the end” as in, I will never, ever get over this one. And yet, in every situation, I would find, maybe decades later, that it was all working out for my good.
Some of you are going to make great marketing consultants. You’ve incurred so many blows of defeat, that you know what mistake NOT to make.
This is called experience, and may well be life’s greatest teacher.
So please, I beg you; even if you have tried this marketing stuff for years now, hang on; it takes time to get it all together, and no one really made it big over night (at least not that I have known).
One smart business man said this: My overnight success took me ten years.
(I like that)
You really don’t have to wait that long to be successful.
Here are a few tips:
Know your goal
This is so important. Now I’m just going to tell you like it is, right now, straight up: most of you had a dream that you let go of. And it was a whopper. The big one. The dream that is so outrageous, you would blush if anyone knew of it.
The Wright Brothers had a dream like this: they wanted to fly. Just in case you don’t know, the Wright Brothers were instrumental in creating the airplane.
I guess we can all imagine the scorn they endured on their first attempt.
Many of their creations failed.
Sure they were mocked, but I will bet you this: not one person who picked on them could honestly say that they hadn’t dreamed of flying.
Don’t you remember those dreams you had as a child? Everyone has them; they’re called the flying dreams. Maybe you flap your wings (arms) in the dream, trying to take off. Or maybe you focus, like Peter Pan, and you just start…flying!
Don’t those dreams seem so real?
Why do we all have them? Some people might say that within us is an inate urge to sail above our problems.
A metaphysical (um, careful there…) person might say that it’s just a matter of the mind.
Someone who has seen radical miracles might say that with faith ANY thing is possible, and that this dream is physically achievable.
But I want to talk about YOUR DREAM having wings right now. And I am flying high on faith right now, so let me just give you a set right now.
Your dream is a list away.