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Don't quit – Break the barriers to success

Updated on November 17, 2011
When you say "I quit", you choose the path of failure and when you say "Don't quit", you choose the path of success - Which path are you going to choose?
When you say "I quit", you choose the path of failure and when you say "Don't quit", you choose the path of success - Which path are you going to choose? | Source

"Don't quit" is what you will read from many books and hear from many successful people. The meaning of these inspirational words is all about going past the barriers to success. Regardless of your occupation or goals, you will face these common hurdles and the key is to learn how to have the right attitude while you walk along the dreaded and elusive path to success. So let's lay out the very basic things that you must remember which will stop you from saying "I quit". Don't quit!

People will talk behind your back

The world will turn upside down but people will not stop talking behind your back. Accept this, and move on. Don't let these talks put you down because that's exactly why people talk behind your back. Your success lies in how well you are able to ignore what people who don't matter in your life, have to say behind your back. It is not worth wasting time and effort dissecting and analyzing their words.

  • Don't quit, people will talk behind your back even if you succeed

Your efforts will be ridiculed

One of the most common things that you will notice in any professional or personal environment that is that your efforts will be ridiculed at some point of the other by people around you. Well, that's okay. Think of them as figures that have been planted in your surroundings to give you a hard time. They are there to ridicule every step you take and every move you make.

  • Don't quit, you must walk past these people only to see their faces in awe when you achieve success

You will be challenged physically

It really doesn't matter whether you are a sportsperson, a news anchor, a banker, a realtor, a writer or a sales person. One of the core elements of success is pushing your body to its limits to achieve your goals. Even a banker working late nights will tell you how they push their bodies to the limit by staying back till late night and still managing to show up at work next morning. Regardless of your profession, regardless of the nature of your work and regardless of the type of your goal, your body will be physically tested to its limits.

  • Don't quit, your body can take this beating now to reap rewards later in life

You will feel unappreciated

If you are feeling unappreciated for your efforts in your office, all that can be said is, welcome to the real world. The human mind works in funny ways and expecting appreciation and reward for hard work is one of its core elements. If you are working hard to achieve a goal, whether in professional or personal life, chances are that you may not be appreciated or rewarded adequately for your efforts. Accept this fact and move on because your aim is not to find appreciation on a daily or periodical basis. Your aim is to gain appreciation for your penultimate goal. Consider the hurdles and challenges that you clear on a daily basis to reach this penultimate goal as a part and parcel of daily life.

  • Don't quit, appreciation will come naturally in due course of time if you succeed

Your mental wits will be tested till no end

Sales pressure, peer pressure, office gossip, back biting, insults by the boss, unrealistic targets, awkward moments, insults by clients, negative talks and much more. These are just a glimpse of what all of us face on a daily basis, isn't it? And if this is normal, do you expect life to be easy on your path to success? Your mind and brain will be working overtime because it will need to process much more than it wants to. Your ability to stay calm and composed even during the jitteriest moments will be tested. And if you think that's too hard to do, simply put yourself in such situations deliberately on a daily basis. In no time, hindsight and some much needed introspection will arm you with the art of handling pressure situations.

  • Don't quit, your mental psyche is stronger than you think

You will have to accept imperfections and bad habits

If you thought that learning how to succeed was all about removing imperfections and bad habit from your own and from the lives of others around you, think again. Yes, you will and you must try to eliminate these from your own life. But do you really think that you will be able to control the imperfections and bad habits of each and every individual around you? Definitely not. From procrastination to laziness, from bad mouthing to bad manners and from nasty attitudes to low intellects, you will need to accept these imperfections in the people around you. Don't expect people around you to behave and act in the most appropriate manner. Instead, utilize their strengths and use their special abilities to aid you in your path to success.

  • Don't quit, the world is not perfect nor are the people around you

You will have to learn to go beyond excuses

"I simply couldn't get the reports finished because my computer died" or "It couldn't be done because we did not have the adequate resources" are some typical excuses that we hear on a daily basis in any work environment. Excuses, as legit they may be are one of the most common barriers to success. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you will have to look beyond these and learn how to get the job done with what you have. Not, with what you could have.

  • Don't quit, your efforts are not worth being plagued by excuses

You will fail

Confused? Don't be, because you will realize that failure is an integral part of your path to success. Ask any successful sportsperson and they will tell you how many times they've failed to achieve their targets. Ask any successful writer and they will tell you how many times they've failed to impress people with their writing. Ask any successful manager and they will tell you how many times they've miserably failed in people management. You get the point, don't you? Failing is an irreplaceable aspect of life which should be introspected to avoid making the same mistakes over and over again.

  • Don't quit, failing today is a stepping stone for tomorrow

Working hard will be an understatement

We have heard and read about the importance of hard work in success all our lives. Well here is a nasty wake up call. Working hard is just an understatement. To negate and overcome all the barriers to success that we've talked about, you will need to work hard to eliminate each and every one of them, one by one.

  • Don't quit, working hard is necessary for survival while working harder than hard is necessary for success



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    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago


      Crude, but realistic reminders, aren't they? I'm glad you liked this. Thanks for stopping by on this one.


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      7 years ago

      Inspirational Pwap! thanks for the reminders here!

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi cepheid

      Like you, I found writing this hub an extremely inspiring exercise too! It is amusing how we often underestimate the troubles and obstacles that we face on a daily basis in work and personal life. I guess that is what makes it so interesting in the end though.

      I'm really glad you liked this hub. Thanks heaps for reading and commenting!


    • cepheid profile image

      Christopher P 

      7 years ago from Estonia

      'There is a difference between failure and temporary defeat.'

      This hub is very inspiring. I bookmarked it for me to read again whenever I feel down or so.

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago


      You're absolutely right. Success is definitely not for the faint of heart. As the saying goes "It's not how hard you hit it's how hard u get hit and get back up"

      Thanks for stopping by on this hub. Much appreciated!


    • NiaG profile image


      7 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Great hub! People do need to realize the road to success is not for the faint of heart. Not everything is laid out on a bed of roses. It can be difficult.

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Ania

      You've pointed out the very purpose of this hub which was to lay down the roadblocks or the barriers in our journey to success. Yes, they may sound gloomy at times but whoever said that the path to success was all bright and easy?

      I'm glad you found these points interesting. The idea of this hub was to be absolutely realistic and down to earth. Thanks heaps for reading and commenting!


    • Ania L profile image

      Ania L 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting and good points here although it sounds pretty gloomy especially for those of us who believe that journey is as important as the goal itself.

      I totally agree - don't ever quit, but I would rather think about improving the quality of the journey instead of putting up with all this struggle for one short moment of success in achieving the ultimate goal.


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