“Vows begin when hope dies.” _Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519
Recently a good friend of mine shared with me the advice his father gave him for how to stay married for 60 years and counting.
His dad said:
- Get married young
- Don’t quit
- Don’t die
That sums it up about as well as anyone can do.
There’s one thing I notice that is not included – hope.
Hope is seldom a good strategy for success (in anything). Hope may get you going but if hope is required to get you across the finish line then, long term, you will never experience the kind of achievement and success that brings real satisfaction and fulfillment.
Of course there will be times that it is appropriate for you to cut your loses and quit. But it should never be because you lost hope.
The ONE THING for today: If hope is required to accomplish anything of significance, then we’re doomed to paddle around in the shallows all our life where we can see land and never get in over our head.
The great adventures, new discoveries, and greatest achievements are usually all found just south of hopelessness.