This week’s motivational quote is about how success happens.
#MondayMotivation – 2022 Week 4: There are no shortage of remarkable ideas…
I don’t know the word ‘quit’. Either I never did, or I have abolished it.” – Susuan Butcher
The word ‘quit’ is a really terrible habit to pick up. You will never learn your limits or grow as a person. There are a lot of easy things to do in the world, and a lot more activities that are hard. If you’re always looking for instant gratification in everything, you will always hit some limit, especially if that same desire coincides with wanting to be successful.
Your definition is different than others. You may be happy to live in frugal comfortable with little worries that bills are paid. You might want to become famous or rich (you can oddly be famous without having a lot of money.) Either way, there will always be some difficult hurdles to go over, and it boils down to your own drive.
As a parent, I’ve tried to teach my kid:
- …that if they want something, they will make it happen.
- …nothing is easy, not if it looks like that from the outside.
- …don’t compare yourself to others.
I’ve watched other parents tell their children over and over, that they could quit. One kid got through baseball tryouts and all of the practices before the season games started. They were happy and doing well. When the first game came, and there was pressure, their parents said in the first inning “Oh, it’s okay! You can quit after the game if you don’t like it.”
And guess what… that kid did, instead of at least stick out the season.
As a martial artists, I’ve seen this when working towards my black belt, I learned that only 3-5% of martial artists go on to earn a black belt. I was studying Traditional Okinawan kempo karate. It was a lot of work, and I somehow made it through. I stuck through a knee injury, and did what I could to practice. In the program, in order to succeed, you have to practice outside of the 4 hours per week that are done in the dojo. By the time you’re taking your test for black belt, you’ve learned about 17 or 18 kata, what each movement means, how to apply the kata in real life situations, as well as learn how to use some martial arts weapons.
I saw many people just disappear after the first week or two, then some by the time I reached green belt and then after purple belt. There were 3 kata that were bit stepping stones, and many couldn’t get past them, due to not practicing. Most martial arts aren’t easy, and it does build discipline. While the black belt isn’t a means to say you’re gonna be like Bruce Lee or Karate Kid, it demonstrates the will to learn more.
I think as individuals, aside from our drive to success, that we should commit to hobbies and specific activities, as a means to develop patience and discipline, which in return, eliminate wanting to quit.
Is quit in your vocabulary?