Don’t Quit – Poem from Adi

In family friends, motivation by Michael Michelini6 Comments

I love it when my friends tell me they enjoy reading the blog. I just like to tell my life story online, and it helps me get down on paper the ideas and feeling in my head, it also allows others to get inspired, or a LAUGH, then that is amazing to me.

My friend Aditya Damodaran whom I went to Stevens Tech with shared this poem with me today, and I thought it would be great to post here:

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road youre trudging seems all up hill,
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,
That many a fighter turns about
When he might have won had he stuck to the bout;
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow
You might succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to the faint and faltering man
Often the vanquished has given up
When he might have captured the victors cup.
And he learns too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may 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.”

-Anonymous (later I was told this author is CLINTON HOWELL, see comments)

I think the main point of this poem to me, is that when things get hard, and you feel you want to quit – THIS IS THE EXACT MOMENT you need to fight and work harder. Because that is the point where the majority of others would give up. So in order to excel, in order to be better and above the average, you need to break through those points where you feel self doubt.

and it is true – THE BIGGEST PERSON HOLDING YOU BACK IS YOURSELF – if you believe you can do something, then it can be done. You make up excuses, in your head, why things are not possible, or you internally blame someone else for your own limitations. Sure, maybe someone else doesn’t want you to reach a certain goal, or pass them in a certain task – but it is not them stopping you – IT IS YOUR OWN INTERNAL FEELINGS holding you back.

So, I have it, and I am sure you have it as well, those bad days, when nothing seems to go right, when you just want to give up. Those are the days you have to fight into weakness, and break through…..to go above and beyond – because if we can convince ourselves it is possible, then it IS.

  • last week, my french customer told me he wants to know more about doing business in china,so i gave him your blog,,then he said: He travels so much! I am afraid of traveling^^ haha

    It is really nice to read your blog, always encouraging!
    You are lucky because you know what you want to do,and what you like,,people like me are still confused what we should do in our life,,,~ So if you are doing something you like,don’t quit .

  • hhaha, sorry that my blog discouraged your french customer!!!

    Maybe he doesnt need to travel as much as me, actually I hadn’t traveled for months before this long trip.

    and he SHOULD NOT GIVE UP – if he wants to do business in China, he has to experience it

  • tanya

    the author is CLINTON HOWELL.

  • great, thanks!

  • lilpoet

    i ve heard of this aditya damodran..he wrote a book in 91-vibrations, he must be 29 nw..i also publishd a book when i was around 10..

  • Wow, you are right Adi is my friend from USA university – but he is more like 31 years old now. He is a successful businessman in New York City ….very inspiring.

    Can imagine that this poem would be his, and very motivational We cannot give up…. staying motivated is what makes us wake up each day.