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Have you ever found yourself wanted to quit at some point in your life? Perhaps it was caused by uncertainty or difficulties.


The road to suc­cess is not easy. You need to work hard and keep your­self fight­ing for your call­ing. I haven’t seen any suc­cess­ful peo­ple who did­n’t fight for their call­ing. They paid the price for it.

But we often in the process of achiev­ing our dreams and doing what God has called us to do, doubt and fear will kick in.

I have bills to pay, there­fore I just can’t quit my job and do what my heart yearns for.”

I don’t have any clear direc­tions, I’m con­fused.”

We came up with dif­fer­ent excus­es. But are these real­ly valid excus­es? I believe it’s not. They are the mere prod­uct of fear and spelled as FALSEEVIDENCE  — APPEARINGREAL.

For many times I’ve tempt­ed to quit. I remem­ber when I was a fresh grad­u­ate apply­ing for a job.

There was a day when most of the appli­cants grad­u­at­ed from UP, PUP, UST, Ate­neo, DLSU, Mapua, UA&P, AIM, UE, FEU, CEU was in the same com­pa­ny I am sched­uled for an inter­view.

When the HR final­ly went out­side to see us, she called all the appli­cants grad­u­at­ed from these pres­ti­gious uni­ver­si­ties. The appli­cants who came from school or uni­ver­si­ty that was­n’t on the list will just receive a call or email regard­ing the deci­sion.

I was shocked.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, my school was­n’t there. I went home cry­ing and regret­ting and argu­ing with my par­ents why they did­n’t send me to that uni­ver­si­ties.

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First, I am not real­ly smart, I failed my entrance exam at U. P mak­ing me not to pur­sue my appli­ca­tion at P..U.P. Though I did grad­u­at­ed with hon­ors in high school but I nev­er kept that pace when I was in col­lege.

Sec­ond, my par­ents can­not afford the school fees in the schools of Elites such as Ate­neo, DLSU, AIM, UST, FEU, UE, San Beda, etc.

I asked myself, “Lord, is this life after col­lege?” I was cry­ing at that moment and do not know what to do.

Then my spir­it whis­pered to me “No, God has a greater pur­pose for you, you might not see it for now, but you’ll see it when the time you start con­nect­ing the dots.”

Those dots start­ed each time I am con­fused, failed and tempt­ed to quit. But each time I tempt­ed to quit I ask myself these two ques­tions:

1. Do you real­ly want it?

I believe what caus­es peo­ple so much stress is work­ing for the job they don’t like at all. It cre­ates too much stress espe­cial­ly when you are just drag­ging your­self to do it.

This ques­tion helped me to eval­u­ate if the things I do is be ben­e­fi­cial for me.

Are you real­ly quit­ting because you don’t like it?


2. Are you real­ly quit­ting because it’s dif­fi­cult?

If you love what you do and have a pas­sion for it, you’ll even­tu­al­ly find your­self in the mid­dle of a dif­fi­cul­ty.

When that time comes, you should ask your­self this ques­tion.

There are many peo­ple who did­n’t suc­ceed because they imme­di­ate­ly quit when they expe­ri­ence adver­saries.

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If you real­ly want that, you’ll work hard and push your­self to it.

When pas­sion meets your dream, you’ll do what­ev­er it takes to achieve your dreams.

When I was writ­ing my first book, get­ting my first ever job pro­mo­tion, and deliv­er­ing my speech projects in Toast­mas­ters, doing my min­istry,  I faced many dif­fi­cul­ties and inter­rup­tions that made me think to quit but I did­n’t. Instead, I asked this ques­tion to myself.

How about you, you might have dreams you want to achieve. If you can dream it, you can achieve it and fight for it what­ev­er it takes.

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