18 Responses to "When You Feel Like Quitting, Think About Why You Started"

    1. I like the word Tenacity Jyotirmoy, that along with resilience. For me it always creates the image of being in a fight where we know that one punch can make a difference. Kinda like the Rocky Balboa quote we talked about a few days ago, such a powerful message, such a great feeling to be getting back on our life and taking charge of things.. And yea the question WHY makes the biggest difference in all I think. Atleast that is where things have worked for.

      Some others say the question why not works for them. I think I am more driven by resilience than optimism.. But yeah, here is a link to our readers just in case they want to check out the Rocky Balboa one on perspiration.


  1. sometimes its very hard to hold on when every time you are left with bare hand despite the honest effort….but as there is a poem which says…REST IF YOU MUST BUT DON’T YOU QUIT..
    and i think after so much of time devotion there shouldn’t arise any ques. of quitting..

    1. I could not agree more Winnie. Sometimes it is very very hard to hold on. I think that will be a wonderful poem to share. Could you please share the link or the poetry, I am sure our readers would love reading that.

      True, after a lot of effort a question of whether doing it or not shouldn’t arise. That is sort of the place I am in right now. After having built a business over the last 5 years, I am thinking what to do next. One part of me says stay with the business and make it big. The other part of me says it is time to do something more exciting. So I am not completely sure what to do next and how to go from here. Mind sometimes plays a very tricky role, especially when it comes to decision making I think..

      1. Vinay here is the poem…..I have made this poem my Mobile home display 🙂
        Poet – John Greenleaf Whittier

        When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
        When the road you’re 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 strange with its twists and turns
        As every one of us sometimes learns
        And many a failure comes about
        When he might have won had he stuck it out;
        Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
        You may succeed with another blow.
        Success is failure turned inside out—
        The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
        And you never can tell just how close you are,
        It may be near when it seems so far;
        So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
        It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit

        1. Thank you so much for sharing the poem Mayuresh :). It is absolutely beautiful and now I see why it is on your mobile screen and the home display. It is beautiful to read such words, especially when you are feeling a bit low. Words sure have the power to resurface some very powerful emotions and set our thoughts in the right direction.

          Can’t thank you enough for the share Mayuresh.. So glad that our readers would be able to see such quality material.

  2. As a writer/blogger, sometimes the long period of blank pages makes me want to give up, to quit, but then I remind myself why I began writing in the first place and I know right then that I could never give up the joy and peace I feel when I pour my heart into paper and ink 🙂 Great post Vinay.

    1. I believe it is one thing which most of us bloggers relate to Jyothi. There are those constant lull periods where we feel like not writing at all and it feels like the whole creativity has gone away and nothing seems to come. It is really nice to remember why we started because it gives us the much needed inspiration to continue.

      It kept happening to me with my entrepreneurial effort about 5 years ago. All the times I felt I should stop, the question WHY really helped focus my energies to the bigger cause. I think it becomes especially effective when the goal is longer term one where results take longer time to come our way..

    1. Thank you Deepali, the entire credit goes to Walter Elliot for these powerful words – http://inspire99.com/perseverance-not-long-race-many-short-ones-together-walter-elliot/

      The reason I like this quote is because of the practicality it offers us. It doesn’t say people should have Iron will, It doesn’t say come what may I will go ahead and do what I want. It talks about HOW which most quotes do not refer to and hence makes a very special one in the collection I have. But yeah, very profound and meaningful words to work our ways..

  3. “Why”question is the best solution for so many problems. If we ask ourselves WHY in a correct moment, so many unavoidable things may be corrected. Your style of explanation with the quote is really appreciable.

    1. Thank you Thiruvenkatam, nice to have you here. I think the WHY makes a lot of difference when we are doing something, it is a very good cushion to call back on to and a very strong long term motivation. And I realise the WHY is mostly to do with our internal values and goals which can be well integrated into the short term goals through different ways of HOW and wollah we are on a better path to achieve the results we are after..

    1. Very true Alok, I have been there, it becomes twice as hard to restart than starting something afresh, especially when we have lost that momentum. And I think it is also to do with motivation, it is sometimes easier to start it off afresh and make giant strides than restarting again


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