When the wind blows and the rain descends
He is not long shaken by financial Collapse
It is only the poverty minded that jump out
of the windows when they lose everything.
The wealthy person cannot lose his wealth.
His wealth is infinitely portable,
For it resides in his head
There lies his only security
- Robert G. Allen
In life there are two kinds of people; winners and quitters. There is no sitting on the fence here. It's either you are a resolved winner or a complete loser. Winners are those with a realization that quitting is for cowards. They don't get discouraged even though situations may look hopeless. They still hope because they are aware, it is often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. Even in trying times, they don't quit trying! I got to read about the post-it story recently and it fueled my resolve.
Arthur Fry always kept losing his paperwork. He was a failure at organizing things properly such that he was never able to keep track of the notes which he wrote himself. One day he discovered that his company, 3M, had invented a glue which couldn't stick very well. In other words, a glue that failed! It could only hold a piece of paper to something which could also be easily peeled off. Because Fry wouldn't give up, he believed something could come out of the failed glue. Suddenly he realized, the failed glue was exactly what he needed to put all his notes in nice order. That was the idea he later presented to his company, popularly referred to as Post-it®. For the idea, Fry for 1% of the sale for life. Annually, 3M sells over US$100million worth of Post-it. I'd leave you to do the math.
Failure is simply defined as "I quit!" The path of an abject failure is often characterized by ceaseless quit junctures. The reason is because he has mastered the art of throwing in the towel at the sight of every challenge. Sadly, the world no longer has time for failures. In the words of Henry Fodsick, "the world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it". IBM's Thomas Watson was once asked if he was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost IBM $600,000. He replied, "you must be joking! I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?" I love the words Henry Ford when he said, "I am looking for men who have an infinite capacity to NOT know what can't be done".
Oh, I want to be one of such men. I don't know about you, but for me, I have made a resolve to never be a quitter. I have resolved that failure will never get the best of me. I have resolved never to walk the path of an abject failure. I have also resolved never to be in the circus of quitters. Oh, I have resolved not to quit trying even in trying times... Beloved, this is my RESOLVE; what is yours?
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