Don’t Quit

It’s funny how things seem to come around in life. When I was in high school trying to become a wrestler I came across this poem. It so touched me that I found a piece of poster board and wrote it out in sloppy hand writing and hung it on my bedroom wall. I read this poem everyday during my high school years but some how lost track of  the poem and it’s incredible message. This week (45 years later) I stumbled across it looking for an inspirational message for my team. I wanted to share it with you.

Hope you enjoy:

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.


Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a fellow turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –

You may succeed with another blow.


Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man;

Often the struggler has given up

When he might have captured the victor’s cup;

And he learned too late when the night came down,

How close he was to the golden crown.


Success is failure turned inside out –

The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It might be near when it seems afar;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

   -Author Unknown

Happy Memorial Day


Rotten Eggs-Negative People

Rotten eggs/negative people

Ever hear the term he’s a “good egg”? Thank fully the world is full of “good eggs”.  But there are to many Rotten Eggs Negative People,   people that live lives of despair and helpfulness.

But what about the “bad eggs” the “rotten eggs”? Individuals that seem to have one goal, to make your life miserable. These poor souls are lost and confused, in my opinion. They believe that the world is bad, people are bad and opportunity does not exist in the world today. The problem with “rotten eggs” is they just don’t keep to themselves they seem hell bent on stinking up your life.

They all have an opinion and it is always negative. You’re going to fail, that will never work. They are not stratified  with being miserable on their own they want to drag you into their life of despair.

Here are five ways to protect yourself from rotten eggs;

  • Learn to identify these individuals by site or “smell”. You can always see them for what they are. They will befriend you and try to draw you into their world of doom and gloom. If you see one Run Like Hell!
  • Try not to engage in conversations with these people. Don’t be rude just be mindful that you could be very happy in your job and fifteen minutes with one of these people and you’re looking in the want ads. Just Run Like Hell.
  • There are many people out there that have lives full of drama, in fact to be honest their lives are “train wrecks”. We all need to be Good Samaritans but some people you  just can’t help. Not until they are willing to help themselves. The best thing to do sometimes when you meet these individuals is Run Like Hell.
  • The best thing you and I can do is to be a beckon of light and hope for others. That does not mean that we have to get dragged into their lives. Remember one “rotten egg” can spoil the whole dozen.

Here is a great article from Psychology Today –  by Raj Raghunathan PHD