I recently read The Six Phases of a Project, which lists a step-by-step progression (or regression) of any initiative. In order, the six phases are 1) enthusiasm, 2) disillusionment, 3) panic, 4) search for the guilty, 5) punishment of the innocent, and 6) praise for the nonparticipants.
When things aren’t going well, we are encouraged to quit. Let’s consider how one man made a difference, simply by refusing to let a young boy go down this road.
Ignace Jan Paderewski was the greatest composer/pianist of his day. He was scheduled to perform in a great concert hall one evening. In the crowd was a nine-year-old boy. Before the concert began, the boy ran to the stage, sat at the piano and played Chopsticks. The crowd shouted in disapproval. Paderewski heard this from backstage, rushed out, sat by the boy, and began to play a harmony that went with his Chopsticks. And he whispered into the boy’s ear, “Keep going. Don’t quit.”
When you are ready to quit, just remember there is Someone by your side, who can make a great song from your feeble efforts. And he is whispering in your ear, “Keep going. Don’t quit.”