Don’t Give Up

Looking back on my life, there isn’t much I regret. I live by the saying, “The measure of  a man is not how well he starts, but how well he finishes.”

But, there is one thing. I regret not finishing my acting career. I threw up my hands and quit. I was so close. I was right on the cusp of big time success…and I quit.

In 1997, I was a 20-something earning a living as an actor. That put me in the top 1% of the Screen Actors Guild. I put everything into my acting career. I attended one of the best graduate schools in the country. I had a great agent. I was guest starring roles on most of the TV shows you know.

Nonetheless, I quit. I couldn’t take the rejection. I didn’t like waiting around or leaving my future in the hands of others. And, to be brutally honest, I had the idea in my head that people look down on actors. So, I gave up and quit.

I remember the day I told my agent. I heard a thunk (quite literally) when her jaw hit the floor. She knew how close I was. Far more so than I did, because I didn’t do that last little bit to go forward. I was right at the cusp of going from working actor to big time actor.

I tell you this story–and, it’s not one I often tell–because I don’t want you to look back on your life and have a shred of regret. I don’t want you to quit…whatever it is you’re doing…unless you have a more important dream. Then quit the worthless thing and pursue the worthwhile thing.

It takes far more fortitude to finish something than it does to start it.

Now, it’s likely you are feeling pressure in the business you started. You may feel stalled, waiting and just hoping for your big break to come. The economy is contracted. Lots of people are starting to feel tired. But, we cannot quit. We will not give up.

Sure, you might say, it’s easier for me because I’ve been doing this for some time and have a “brand” name in my field. But I, too, am working harder than I ever have before to find new way to innovate, build the business, extend my brand and be of service to you. I want to help you do the same.

You’ve heard that frightening statistic out there that more than 80% of small businesses fail within the first 5 years. It’s true. However, the common perception is that these businesses fail because the marketplace is so competitive and success is like a blip over the horizon. But, I see it differently.

I think 80% of business owners fail in the first 5 years because they haven’t made a non-reversible, do whatever it takes, no holds barred, beyond a shadow of a doubt, absolutely no going back, stick to it like super glue commitment to finishing what they start–to make their business work.

Think bigger about what you want to start and finish in the world. Carry on. Get more clients. Make all the money you desire and deserve. I know you can do it. But, you’ve got to make a non-reversible commitment to yourself, your family and your business, right now. I love to serve and support you.

47 thoughts on “Don’t Give Up

swoodruff

Don’t Give Up | @michaelport http://ow.ly/4lo6w "Think bigger about what you want to start and finish in the world."

Kellymotivates

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Kellymotivates

RT @michaelport: I today’s blog post inspires you…

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IsabellaBrusati

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Michelle Baca

Thank you Michael for one of the most honest, vulnerable and yes – inspiring blog posts ever! Reading this was a great way to start my day.

lisarobbinyoung

Awesome post & reminder from @michaelport: Don’t give up. Please don’t give up. I hope today’s post inspires you. http://bit.ly/i4aZEP

BobBurg

Fascinating story. @michaelport says, "Don’t Give Up" http://bit.ly/hYX5Ni

PaulWmBarrettSr

RT @BobBurg: Fascinating story. @michaelport says, "Don’t Give Up" http://bit.ly/hYX5Ni

PaulEPuckett

Great post! RT @michaelport: Don’t give up. Please don’t give up. I hope today’s post inspires you. http://t.co/wyDvkyG

LisaPetrilli

Love this RT @swoodruff: Don’t Give Up | @michaelport http://ow.ly/4lo6w "Think bigger about what you want to start & finish in the world."

ShawnShepheard

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wassermanwealth

Great article. Don’t Give Up. Thanks @michaelport (via RT by @bobburg) http://ow.ly/4lr3A

Solamar

RT @michaelport: Don’t give up. Please don’t give up. I hope today’s post inspires you. http://t.co/wyDvkyG

LynGraft

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LynGraft

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RobbieBritton

RT @michaelport: Don’t give up. Please don’t give up. I hope today’s post inspires you. http://t.co/wyDvkyG

GregoryDuJuan

RT @michaelport: Don’t give up. Please don’t give up. I hope today’s post inspires you. http://t.co/wyDvkyG

PointA_PointB

"It takes far more fortitude to finish something than it does to start it." Don’t Give Up http://t.co/6tJzIY6 via @MichaelPort

Solamar

RT @michaelport: Sometimes you have to quit one thing to succeed at another. Here is my story http://bit.ly/hdJchI

Danielle Ford

Michael, what’s stopping you from pursuing your acting career again? I don’t see why you can’t do both and I feel like it will be much easier for you this time!!!

raintoday

RT @michaelport: Don’t give up. Please don’t give up. I hope today’s post inspires you. http://t.co/wyDvkyG

GregoryDuJuan

Awesome RT @michaelport: Sometimes you have to quit one thing to succeed at another. Here is my story http://bit.ly/hdJchI

Doc Seth

Love it Michael, your message is timeless! I just wrote a similar story on my site- let me know what you think!
http://bit.ly/finishyourrace

Make it a great day!
‘Doc Seth’
~husband, dad, full-time ‘Elevator’~

Solamar

RT @michaelport: I wrote today’s blog post to inspire you to never give up http://bit.ly/gbMCUH

EricaStritch

Don’t Give Up http://t.co/KMgH6eh <excellent post and exactly what I need right now

skooloflife

Don’t Give Uphttp://www.bookyourselfsolid.com/personal-development-advice/dont-give-up/ awesome post by @michaelport

Successdeals

RT @michaelport: I wrote today’s blog post to inspire you to never give up http://bit.ly/gbMCUH

PaulEPuckett

As you are! Your post yesterday, http://bit.ly/gbMCUH, was brilliant! RT @michaelport: @PaulEPuckett You are such a generous/gracious man.

ncentertainment

RT @michaelport: I wrote today’s blog post to inspire you to never give up http://bit.ly/gbMCUH

CoachLouisa

Don’t Quit! http://fb.me/YADgyuzZ

Solamar

RT @michaelport: This was a post I wrote recently on NOT GIVING UP. Thought it might be helpful today: http://bit.ly/goafkO

knowledgecrush

Hey Crushers, great article sent my Social Media Diva, Suzzette Turnbull. Have a great day everyone! http://fb.me/RZQtzpS8

Claudine Motto

Thanks Michael.

This is a message that as people, and especially as business owners/entrepreneurs we can’t hear “too many times,” because no matter what level we’re at, we’re always trying to reach the next one. And at some point there comes that feeling that it isn’t “happening” fast enough.

Thanks for the encouragement and the reminder to renew our commitment to create the success we want.

danareeves

Don’t Give Up http://t.co/zFtu194

deepakmy

Don’t Give Up http://t.co/7ejmXGM

Beth Buelow, ACC, The Introvert Entrepreneur

Michael, great post. To your point about the biz failure rate, I think of this quote: “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” ~William Feather

I can remember numerous times in the past year when I felt so tired, I didn’t know if I could do it another day. But I keep going, because I’m passionate about my message and who I serve.

This also makes me think of something I heard a friend say: every morning, he makes a conscious choice to recommit to his marriage. It’s an intentional “I’m in this” statement. And your post leads me to think this same intentionality applies 100% to our businesses.

Thanks for sharing your story and for the powerful encouragement!

coachbethb

Feeling entrepreneurially challenged? @MIchaelPort says Don’t Give Up http://t.co/Koy1uLK

michaelport

Don’t Give Up http://t.co/wyDvkyG (made me think of it bc stranded at airport today)

michaelport

If you believe in what you’re doing, don’t give up: http://t.co/wyDvkyG

ShamuLVR

RT @michaelport: If you believe in what you’re doing, don’t give up: http://t.co/wyDvkyG

MerciCadeaux

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stevefarber

"It takes far more fortitude to finish something than it does to start it." @michaelport, http://ow.ly/1sRKb5

spfrank

So true… RT @stevefarber: "It takes far more fortitude to finish something than it does to start it." @michaelport, http://ow.ly/1sRKb5

DennisACharles

Great advice> RT @stevefarber: "It takes far more fortitude to finish something than it does to start it." @michaelport, http://ow.ly/1sRKb5

Ali4Coach

Don’t Give Up http://t.co/JIN78ht – thanks to @MichaelPort for this profound and truthful post.

Antonia

Starting something and keep going at it is the hardest thing to do. As a kid we all know what it takes but somehow down the road we forget to disregard others opinion and stay focus on what we want. I think that success is measured by each individual in the way we are able to achieve our objectives. But in order to do that we first need to set up those objectives!

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