Do Not Quit

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We all learn new things.  We go through life transitions.  We change our views and our ways. We adopt new principles and let go of old ones.  What we can not and should never do is quit.  Change direction or do different work or grow a new attitude is excellent.  Stopping all that you do and giving up is nothing more than a death sentence.  The more you are out there doing something, the more stamina and grit can work in your favor.

In working either for ourselves or with others, we can find our self-worth.  We need to feel we are worth something.  We can find dignity in what we do, and in the passion. We know we are doing something that is helping others.  In this, we find our self-respect and our self-worth.

Without our belief in ourselves and without the interactions of others, we start a downward spiral that can end on the slippery slope of catastrophe.  It is not that we are supposed to pass on, merely that we have lost the passion for life.  We need the interaction of others and their appreciation as much as we need food and water.

Even if you find yourself in a position without work or status or need, you can still not only survive, you can thrive.  Be kind and say something positive to those you meet.  It may be the only caring thing that a person may hear all day.  And you may be the only person who can tell them.

Never give up on yourself.  And never give up on doing good for others. It is what we are here for, and it is what helps us to survive.

Thanks for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again soon.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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