Things get tough. Life gets tough. Business gets tough and all you can think about is how to make it easier. How can I make things easier on me? How can I make it so that I don’t suffer anymore? What can I do so that I can get through it all and be pain free? Well the hard answer is… it’s not that easy. I know you were looking for the easy answer.
One of my favorite quotes of all time is from Rocky Balboa.
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
Whoever came up with this quote and line for the movie is a PURE GENIUS in my opinion. It’s the absolute truth about life (and business) and if you are going to live life or have a business, you will also need to take the hits that it brings you. In the end you either keep going by taking the bad with the good or you roll over and take the easy way out. Taking the easy way out may alleviate the pain and problems at that time however it doesn’t prepare you for the next round of hits you may take.
I’ll give you another that I saw the other day and it speaks volumes to me:
“If you quit now, you will end up right where you began. And when you first began you were DESPERATE to be where you are right now! KEEP GOING”.
Read it again….
So I know what you are asking. How does this apply to me? I’m not the one to answer that question. Only you can. I can only answer it for myself and I will now…
My life has been full of 10 round fights. More than I want to even remember. I may even have a losing record. Ever since I was a kid I was always in a battle for acceptance, being the best baseball or football player, being the best son to my parents etc. Throughout my life I made many mistakes and created many issues in my life. At times I took hits I thought I’d never recover from but somehow I did. I always had my father there to speak those words of wisdom to me when I made those mistakes. I learned from them, but for only the time being as I made them again and again. As I grew up I made more mistakes in my life and ones that my father couldn’t offer his wisdom to. I had to decide how I would deal with them. Many times I had the ” I can’t go on and whoa is me” thoughts.
Well at 45 yrs old I’m still here. However recently I had a new challenge. One that I would either take on or I would just fold to.. addiction. Addiction isn’t something you can just get rid of. It’s something with you for life. It was another HIT I had taken and it wasn’t just a hit, it was a right hook that put me on my ass. So hard on my ass that if I chose to just take the easy way out I would have lost everything, my wife, my family, my business and most of all my life. I could have quit right then and there. I had no reason to go on. Everything in my life seemed to be Dark and clouded. Who wants to live like that? I sure didn’t, but here I am today still going forward.
Not Quitting was something my father, my teammates and most of all my grandmother made a part of me since I was a kid. Whether it be sports or girlfriends or just life I was taught to not quit and to keep going. “If it’s meant to be it will be” is something grandma Skapinetz would always say to me, more so than I wanted. She always had a positive outlook on things. I mean how can you not believe what a 85 yr old woman who still got on her own roof to fix her house would say?
Quitting is easy. It will take you back to where you were and you start again from square one. For many years I started from square one only to scream life isn’t fair when I reached a point only to start again.
Today, I have already started and there is no going back. The only line I want to see is the finish line. I want to finish the race I’ve started in business and personally. I’d rather see that line for the first time than see the start line for the 10th time. I want to complete my race not try again. I’ve reached a point in my life that no matter what I choose to do, no matter what risks I take, no matter what direction I choose to take my business, I would rather take it to the finish line, than start all over again because that was the easy thing to do.
Don’t QUIT. Don’t quit your business and don’t quit you personal life. Challenge yourself. Challenge yourself to make things better and reach the finish line. Don’t go back to the beginning. Get to the end and reevaluate your race. Is there something you can do better? Is there something you can change to make it better? How can you take what you have learned and compete on a higher level. Think about it, but don’t quit.