It’s not a secret. It’s not some complicated formula or as a friend of mine puts it, it’s not rocket surgery. However, it is probably one of the most difficult things to do.
So what’s the one thing?
Simple, but not easy.
Giving up is easy. It means you no longer have to put yourself out there and risk judgement and embarrassment. It means you know longer have to feel the pain that you so feared. It means you no longer believe in yourself. Giving up is the easy way out. Giving up also opens you up to another form a pain. The pain of regret.
But not giving up, facing your fears, pushing yourself past the limits you thought you had, accomplishing things that once seemed impossible, that is truly something great. It is extremely difficult, but worth it and the reason why not everyone is successful. The kind of successful they wish to be.
“The one genius thing that we did is that we didn’t quit.” —Jay z
It’s crazy to think that Jay Z, with all his success and creative genius, that what he considers to be genius is the ability to keep going. The ability to not quit, even when everything and everyone is telling you to do so. He called it genius.
It’s a common theme that people tend to quit too soon and never realizes how close to success they were. Had they not quit and kept going, the success they wanted could have been theirs.
If you believe in something, don’t give up. Don’t quit. Be relentless in pursuit of it.