Commit Or Quit: The Only Two Options.
by Live Better
“Winners never quit and quitters never win, but people who never win and never quit are idiots.”
Ha…Ha. A funny perspective on a famous Vince Lombardi quote. But seriously - you have two options in this life; commit, or quit.
Recently, we’ve been doing a thorough review of what we do at Live Better, how we got each opportunity, while also taking care to consider why we do these things. The “how” is answered easily - commitment. We were (and are) committed to making our community healthier, every single day. It is our purpose and our fuel.
To be honest, for the past three years, we’ve been overcommitted on projects (maybe by necessity, maybe to a fault), usually at the expense of personal health or leisure time (said every entrepreneur ever).
I want to give context to the terms “winning” and “quitting” (you might infer quitting as “losing” in this case, which begs the following context) in the modified quote above.
“Winning” in the sense of health and entrepreneurship is not binary. There is no 0 to 1; only progress, only growth. In addition, neither progress nor growth are linear. By that definition, we do not “win” in the normal sense of the word every day; there must be times of struggle to forge commitment to the road ahead.
“Winners”, as you might define them, find growth consistently. “Quitters”, as you might define them, give up on the dream AND continue a path of oscillating mediocrity. They are the proverbial middle ground, never taking a stance in life and succumbing to homeostasis as their mind shies away from hard work.
The world is full of people who sit on the sidelines and critique, too scared to enter the game. Are you one of them?
The Man in the Arena
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
- Theodore Roosevelt // April 23, 1910
I think Theo did a nice job of explaining that…don’t you?
“Losing” is allowing what Steven Pressfield calls “Resistance” in The War of Art.
(side note: The War of Art was the most recent book in the Live Better Book Club. If you wish to join for our next book, whether in person in Chicago or by Google Hangout around the world, sign up here).
It is that thing that keeps us from doing our work. “Resistance has no strength of its own. Every ounce of juice it possesses comes from us. We feed it with power by our fear of it. Master that fear and we conquer Resistance.”
We answer more questions a week about how to quit your job and pursue your passion, etc.
Want to know the (only) answer? Commit.
Every single day. Wake up and commit. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, and the rest of the world about it. Make it a team effort so you have no choice but to follow through on your word. Then, get to work.
Every single day.