My brother in law was over during the holidays and it’s become a tradition for us to dust of my xbox 360 and enjoy a game of Nba 2k or Madden Football. (I can’t stand playing the computer so the only time I engage in video games is when I can play a real person… “in person.”)
Well, every year is the same. He tends to beat me by about 40 points in Madden Football.
And while he’s whooping on me, he loves to talk “mess” too! He’ll look over and say “ready to throw in the towel?” … “ready to give up?” … “want to start over?” … “you suck!” … “give up already!”
And my answer is always the same. “NO.”
And Sarah and I make sure to teach our kids to “NEVER GIVE UP… no matter how the odds are stacked against you.”
NEVER GIVE UP.
In fact, we have this little motto: “The Griggs’ Never Give Up.”
(Jadyn, our oldest is so funny when she says it. She lowers her chin and puts on this deep voice… “Griggs Nevaaaa Give Up!”)
I don’t care if it’s the biggest decision of my life… or a video game — the concept is the same.
Being a musician ain’t easy. Learning to train your fingers takes time. Things don’t come overnight. But I want to encourage you to NEVER GIVE UP.
Something led you to this. You want to do this. It may be a lifelong dream of yours, a passion. And like my brother in law, you may hear these whispers encouraging you to take an early defeat.
Don’t throw in the towel.
As they say, the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Remember that.