Don't let the mistakes and disappointments of the past direct and control your future.
There is an old, partially true statement that "quitters never win and winners never quit." I say "partially true" because people who quit did get started and that's the first step to success. To say "winners never quit" is not always true because many times our individual goals are not good ones. It is true that winners don't quit on life.
Stories are legend about people who overcame insurmountable odds to achieve outstanding success. Some will remember that in the 1948 presidential election Harry Truman "did not have a chance." Tom Dewey was the next president and on election day a Chicago paper published headlines that Dewey had won. Harry Truman didn't quit. He fought the odds and won the victory.
Sir Winston Churchill is famous for his speech, "Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never..." Certainly his words in England's darkest hour had a dramatic impact on his nation and, ultimately, the free world.
I love the story of the high school coach who spoke to his team at half-time when they were well behind their opponent. He rhetorically asked the question, "Did Cal Ripken ever quit?" and his team responded, "No!" "Did Emmitt Smith ever quit?" and again his team responded, "NO!" "Did Elmer McFuddin ever quit?" This was followed by a stunned silence and finally one player asked, "Who is Elmer McFuddin?" The coach enthusiastically responded, "That's the whole point! Nobody ever heard of him because he quit!" Message: Don't quit. Hang in there, and I'll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!