It used to bother me when someone called me a Quitter! In junior high school I quit the baseball team. Look, there goes Kyle. He's a Quitter!
Then after high school I had the tremendous honor of being accepted to attend the US Military Academy at West Point. What an amazing place. This is the hallowed training ground of Ulysses Grant, Robert E. Lee, Eisenhower, MacArthur, Patton, Norman Schwarzkopf, General George Custer – oh well, you can't win ‘em all. At least Custer didn't. But he did graduate from West Point in 1861 (last in his class).
But I was there at West Point where these military icons had their early formal military training on their way to becoming famous for their roles in American history.
And then I quit.
I quit and went home. I had been at West Point only one month. And I quit. When I got home there were some people who were surprised to see me. They said, “You quit? You didn’t even give it a chance. How could you quit?" Even though they didn’t say it out loud I could hear their tone of voice say, “What a loser!”
But now I don’t mind so much if people call me a Quitter. In fact, I’ve been quitting several things –- on purpose. And I think you should be a Quitter just like me.
Blah, blah, blah. Pretty soon you wake up 15 years later wondering where the time went.
Read a good book? Write a good book? Go back to school in the evenings? Learn another language? Build a treehouse with your kids or grandkids?
Instead, you’re sitting on the couch eating ice cream, yelling at Simon on American Idol, and watching someone else follow their dreams!
So get out there and quit something. Be a Quitter like me!
Kyle Eastham, the Black Belt Speaker, is a professional speaker in the corporate and association markets. He is a martial artist who develops Black Belts - in judo and in business. Author of the book Life is a Bowl of Choices. For more information, go to BlackBeltSpeaker.com