Author’s Note – In the spirit of the stirring video I posted earlier today—I titled it, “The Best Last Place Finish … Ever,” and you need to see it here, if you haven’t yet: https://greatgourdini.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/best-last-place-finish-ever/—I thought it would be appropriate to follow up with this, which is in the same spirit of never giving up and which I wrote several years ago.
The Secret of Success
In an old Commercial Security Bank commercial—back when there was a Commercial Security Bank—a figure skater has tried over, and over, and over again to master a certain maneuver, all without success; she has fallen each of the dozens of times she has tried. As she sits on the ice, having been defeated by this maneuver yet again, she ponders whether it’s worth it to risk failure—given the fact that she will be one solid mass of bruises and sore muscles the next morning whether she masters the maneuver or not—once more. Though she doesn’t say a word, the viewer knows that these are the thoughts going through her mind as she faces her moment of decision.
With a deep scowl of determination and a pronounced stroke of the back of her hand against her forehead to wipe away the sweat on her brow, she struggles to her feet yet again as a narrator solemnly intones, “Sometimes the secret to success lies in simply not quitting.” We all face our figurative moment of decision as we sit on the ice, pondering whether to surrender to whatever has thwarted our mastery of a certain skill or our achievement of a certain goal, and that’s when we have to decide whether it’s worth it—given the aches and pains, physical, psychological, and/or emotional, that our pursuit has caused us—to scowl with determination, wipe the sweat from our brow with the back of our hand, pull ourselves up off of the ice, and try once more.