History doesn’t talk about quitters. It talks about those who succeeded and those who tried and failed. There is no one mentioned who did things halfway or not at all. There are names that vibrate through the waves of history, such as Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and George Washington, to name a few. These great people, who’s names were unknown before they decided to take a chance and embark on quests that could have ended in their demise, decided at one point in their lives that things needed to change. They chose to live with the possible result of failure through their efforts rather than the lifetime burden of regret.
Einstein, Tesla, Galileo and Curie were some of the greatest minds ever to exist in the history of the human race, but they still had incredible troubles they had to overcome while trying to get others to believe in the results of their endeavors.
The list of those who decided to continue on in the face of adversity is endless. Turn the page of a history book and you will see the results of perseverance. And while those who pressed on through the tumult of obstacles and succeeded are many, there are a multitude more that didn’t succeed.
Generals, kings, and practitioners of science have all fallen prey to failure at one time or another. Some failures have resulted in the disappearance of empires, the deaths of millions, and changes in the course of history that shifted humanity on a different path than it was headed. The underlying fact is that they tried. They fought for a particular outcome they wanted to see come to fruition, but fell short because of any number of reasons. The fact that stands out more than their defeats is that they were recorded in history as those who tried. Good or bad, their efforts were rewarded with a footnote to whole sections of historical documents.
Those who never tried, made the effort, or lifted a finger to facilitate an outcome that they or others wanted are not mentioned at all anywhere in any book, tome, or scroll written by any scribe or historian. There was no James the Almost, Gregory the Should Have Been, or Cecilia the Lazy. People who attempted nothing were rewarded with silence and rendered invisible. There was no effort to record their lack of effort for posterity because there was no effort to record.
Those who tried, but quit somewhere through the process were also turned away from the historical timeline. The result is the same as those who didn’t try at all. Maybe there might be a mention here or there of an exploit of a mediocre contributor, but no names stand out as any one of significance.
The bottom line is if you have a dream, an idea, or a goal and you want it to blossom into something that you can call your own get out there and do it. It might be the most difficult thing you’ve ever done. People, including relatives, might tell you that you are crazy; that you will fail; that you don’t know what you are talking about and don’t know what you’re doing. That’s ok. In this day and age information is at our fingertips twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Years ago we had to go to libraries to scour the card catalog utilizing the Dewey Decimal System. Today we have search engines that can access data bigger than any library on the planet. It’s all out there waiting for you.
Do your research. Make a plan. Take the road less traveled. But ultimately, be true to yourself! Make your own mark on history. DON’T EVER QUIT!