Being a quitter surely does not lead to success, so choose your career wisely. My grandfather owned a small farm in North Carolina, where he fed corn to chickens and other farm animals. When I visited, I shelled the corn using a hand-operated device. One time, after about half an hour, I said I was tired. My grandfather replied, “The animals never get tired of eating; in fact, they will die if you quit.”
Later in life, I worked at a Fruit of the Loom plant and saw the women who worked all day long at machines that sewed ladies’ stockings. I decided on that day that I didn’t want to spend my life doing repetitive work. Instead, I became an entrepreneur.
One great thing about having your own business is that things change all the time, sometimes in a minute. True entrepreneurs embrace the changes and think of them as business refinement opportunities. And if you even think about quitting, remember the corn-shelling story.
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There have been projects and ideas in my entrepreneurial career that got tricky and challenging: moments when I thought of chucking it all and moving on to the next thing. But something made me “keep on keepin’ on” with those projects until they bore fruit — or completely depleted themselves of any chance of a future profit. It turns out that this is one of the defining attributes of successful entrepreneurs. I wasn’t born that way; I had mentors who wouldn’t stop when things turned bad, and it taught me to hang in there. If you find yourself quitting too soon, make a conscious effort to go the extra mile for the next project or idea. See what happens.