May 29th, 2009, I received a birthday card from a fellow traveller, with an old Chinese saying that was inscribed on the back. It goes something like this:
“The temptation to quit will be the greatest just before you are about to succeed.”
At the time, I was working on a new project releasing a brand new coaching program to my database of musicians. I worked hard on it for several weeks. It never reached the standards that I had hoped it would.
I was about to throw in the towel. I wanted to just push it to the side and not launch it. In the end, that’s what I did. Till today, no-one has seen that project.
I remember another project I sold for just £600. It was a website I built to allow musicians to list their gigs and get promoted. I told myself I got bored with it, but really I was terrified that I would never make any money with it and so out of fear I sold it.
Looking back, not only would I have made several thousands with it, but the new owner ended up shutting it down and it’s no longer live. Don’t worry, I’m okay about it now.
I have had this urge to give up many times on many businesses.
But in most cases, I kept going and beyond this greatest fear and temptation I found success.
It’s a common reality for most people. Have you ever been in this position?
Athletes are tempted to quit when they are using most energy and practicing the hardest, yet just a few moments away are their greatest victories.
I meet many people every week who have tried building a business or creating passive income online only to now want to throw in the towel, to give up, and to find another route.
But please let me tell you, the freedom and riches you gain when you push through this temptation and fear to quit are far greater than quitting itself.
You might feel a temporary relief when you quit, but you return to the mundane boredom you may have been experiencing before.
I’d LOVE to have your comments on this topic. Have you ever quit or felt like quitting? Have you resisted temptation and therefore found success?
If there’s one message you can take away from today that makes a big difference to your life, let it be this simple yet profound Chinese saying.