Winners never quit

Here’s a scene from – Lord of the rings – one of my favorite books and movie trilogy. It contains a simple yet powerful message –

“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something…”

Protagonists in great stories – the ones that mattered – had more than their fair share of adversity. And folk in those stories had many chances, opportunities and even reasons to give up, to turn back, to quit. But the one common thing that made those stories great, made them worth remembering, recording, and spreading, is that – they didn’t quit. They didn’t give up. They didn’t turn back. They continued against all odds, persevered, and eventually prevailed. Tales of quitters doth not a good anecdote make.

Here’s a quote to sum it all up –

“Winners never quit, and quitters never win” – Vince Lombardi

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