of Perseverance or Queen of Quitter?
started long ago when as a little girl I decided I had to do things
perfectly. If I felt I couldn’t, well—then I had no choice but to
As I was
growing up, I learned that there were several subtle ways to be a
Procrastinate - It's just too late!
while you’re ahead.
moved frequently and I seemed to always be starting a new school.
Though a good student, I would sometimes find myself in a class
that was doing things I had not learned to do yet. This happened
when I moved while in the fifth grade. My first male teacher stood
in front of the class and I had my first exposure to long division.
The teacher sounded very austere and I felt horrified when I heard
my name called. I slowly walked to the blackboard to work on a math
problem. Standing in front of the whole class, my pink cheeks
turned bright red. I got sick quick, went home, and refused to
return to school. I quit. Of course, that only worked for a few
days and soon I had to face my teacher. Seeing me, he quietly
never win, and winners never quit.”
help with long division had me soon feeling at home in my new
classroom. Without my realizing it, he gave me my first lesson on
high school, my father died of a heart attack, and I was moved from
my small Oregon town, to live with my grandparents in Los Angeles.
I did not want to go to the huge downtown High School. Then,
remembering that “Quitters never win, and winners never quit.” I
resolved not to miss one day of school that year. Climbing out of
my warm bed each day, I planted my feet firmly on the cold floor.
After all, winners never quit. I successfully kept my resolve, and
as a result I took an important step to becoming a more empowered
bad habit I perfected while growing up, was how to
procrastinate---it’s just too, late! If I waited till the last
minute to do something, then I had a reason why it was not a
perfect job. Besides, I did the best work under pressure. Right?
“Procrastination is opportunity’s
tell you how many tests I crammed for in high school and college. I
did well, but I wonder how much better I could have done if I had
been rested when I took the tests? I still wrestle with a desire to
procrastinate, but understanding that it is just a way to avoid
doing something important, helps. What could I do if I put 100%
into my efforts?
while you are ahead” is another opportunity assassin!
an example of quitting while you are ahead: Wanting to write a good
children’s story, I took a class from a professional writer.
Amazed, I listened as an assignment I had turned in was read to the
whole class. “I want you to send this story to a publisher,” the
instructor concluded. I didn't send the story in. I quit while I
was ahead, and before long my story disappeared. I sadly realized
that I would never know if that story could have been published.
The opportunity was lost.
still whisper a frustrated “I quit!” occasionally, I know that I
probably won’t. George E. Allen tells us that,
of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because
they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because the are
adult, I believe in perseverance instead of quitting, and now I
have accomplished things I never dreamed possible. Have I done
things perfectly? No. But I have eagerly sat in classes and learned
new things. Joyfully, stories and songs have come to me and I have
written for people I care about. Most recently, I have stuck it out
in my Toastmasters Club and I’m now writing my seventh
These efforts have brought into my life a wonderful group of
friends to laugh and grow with. So, take my word for it. Quitting
through getting sick, procrastinating, or just quitting while you
are ahead, does not produce winners. Instead, I’ve decided to
accept my mediocrity and to succeed with perseverance.
the “Queen of Quitters”.
call myself, “The Princess of Perseverance.”