“Never, Never, Never Quit.” -Winston Churchill I have this quote sitting where I can see it every day. Today I’m happy about the things that I felt like quitting, but didn’t. There are so many quotes to support Winston Churchill’s statement. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” “Rain produces flowers.” “There is no rainbow without some rain.” I’m not going to say that I’ve never quit anything, but today I am happy about the things I did not quit.
One event that comes to mind is getting my undergraduate degree. I began this journey in 1976 – about 10 years late – at LaSalle University. The journey was taking forever, so around 1992 when I was half-way through the journey, I transferred my credits to Cabrini College and enrolled in an 18-month accelerated program. In month 17 of the program, life happened and I was forced to drop out of the program. In 2009 – 16 years later – I picked up the baton again and completed my degree requirements through the University of Phoenix. It was a journey that took more than 30 years to complete what many have completed in 4 years or less. The length of time that it took does not diminish the accomplishment. My joy today is that I didn’t give up.
Do you have a dream that you’ve been putting off? It’s never too late to begin. Dreams do not come with a specific deadline. As long has you are still passionate, the dream continues to live. Completing that dream of getting my degree helped me to realize my dream of starting my own business. Remember, we are not limited to one dream. Getting my degree helped me to realize that it’s never too late to start. The tragedy is never beginning. If you’re thinking you’re too old or inexperienced; if you’re stuck on, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” don’t let that stop you. If you’re afraid of failing, remember that you haven’t failed until/unless you stop trying. Life is too short. Tomorrow isn’t promised. Your dream awaits you. Never, never, never quit!
By Lorraine Castle