Give up

“Give up,” my inner-quitter tells me on a daily basis for the last 3 months. “Stop working on your blog, podcast, and business. It’s not worth it.” And lately, these thoughts are winning. I wonder, “How do people defeat these thoughts?” Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, had decades to consider giving up his search for mass production of the written word. It took Gutenberg ten years just to figure out the metal combination to create the first inking system. He died bankrupt, cheated by his business partners, and never fully saw his dream fulfilled. Today, we gloss over Gutenberg’s impact on the world as we pick up books with irreverence. As I write these words, and I cringe how inelegant they sound, I think of Gutenberg’s hundreds of failed metal alloys for his printing press prototype. As I reread my words and think, “I’m an awful writer. How will people understand me? I should just do something else,” I ponder Gutenberg’s quest for the half-finished printing press as his trusted partners betrayed him. I wonder what drove him to keep testing for the right metal. What belief awoke him every morning to push past giving up? I wonder if somewhere in-between my whining, entertainment binging, and sluggard wake-up routine I lost my purpose. Today you could reflect and make a change. Today, I made the decision write a blog, ignoring my lack of writing finnese, and not caring if no one reads it. But this is more than just a blog post, it’s a decision to make a change. Whatever the small change you wish to make, I urge you to not let the inner-quitter win and decide to make a small step towards progress now. NOTES:  What do you think? Email me at Follow me on Twitter and Periscope: @itsalexbarker Join Our Facebook Community Rate and Review the Show (send me an email and I’ll send you a book of your choice!) Subscribe on iTunes  Join our Newsletter  Music provided by the generous and awesome Odesza 

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