I recently conducted an independent, non-scientific poll asking people what they fear. Besides a few “spiders” or “heights” for answers over 55% of the responses said the “fear of failure” is their biggest fear. The fear of failure can paralyze people it can cause people to become inactive or just quit at trying to be successful. Success matters, but it should matter only to you…what makes you happy is defined by you. When things happen in life the key is “don’t quit”. The poem that I heard on the Steve Harvey radio show exemplifies exactly what it means by the phrase “Don’t Quit”.
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 queer with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns, And many a failure 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 slipped down, How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out– The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far, So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit– It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
– Author unknown