“Quitting is the easiest thing to do, especially when we don’t get the desired results”
But the question is:” Is it really the BEST thing to do; quit?”
“Rome wasn’t built in a day”, so the saying goes.
The above could be interpreted differently depending on the context. But i want to go with this interpretation:
Rome wasn’t built in a day = Keep doing it until you get the right results
Even if you have to do it over and over and over again, provided that you are doing the right things, don’t quit because one day, the desired results will come.
Here is a story of Kenny, a friend that almost gave up on her dreams because she was presented the easy way out: Quitting
A very funny and creatively jovial friend of mine decided to take her talents out there. She opened an Instagram account where she wanted to sell her brand. (As a comedienne). If you are familiar with social media, you would understand that getting a huge fanbase is very difficult if you are not a celebrity in some sort of a way. She had to start with her friends,family members and co workers. We showed our support by watching and liking her acts on the social media.
But That wasn’t doing much for her. She wasn’t getting the kind of exposure she needed. At a point it became frustrating. She wanted to give up, saying “Maybe this wasn’t a good idea. How can i post a one minute of a seemingly interesting and funny clip and get 20 views and 10 likes in 24 hours?”
In a bid to encourage her, we figured that she wasn’t getting the right exposure. Having family, friends and few co workers on your list of followers isn’t going to give you what you want. So we came up with a plan. Some of us started sharing the skits on our pages and other pages, like groups. Others started tagging some known handles to see if they would find her skits and jokes funny enough to share.
All that didn’t do much. In fact one of her family members was warned by a certain celebrity never to tag her to such nonsense again. 🤪.
That was the last straw for my comedienne friend. Her jokes referred to as NONSENSE? She wasn’t going to continue wasting her time doing nonsense. She was going to quit.
Then I asked her, “why did you choose to do this in the first place?” “Because it comes to me naturally and it makes me happy. And secondarily i hope to make money out of it someday”, was her answer.
“Why do you want to quit?” i further asked
“Because a certain celebrity called it nonsense”
“Do you think it’s nonsense?”
“Add no buts. So you want to quit because one person out of billions of people in the world thinks that what you do is nonsense?”
No answer, but that did it for her!
She continued with her uploads, even though she was still getting few views and likes. She became dedicated and sough for ways to make even better skits. One year and not much improvement but she did not stop. She was determined to do what makes her happy, enjoying it for the joy it gave her, even though no fame and money was at sight at the moment.
At a point she even stopped thinking of the fame and focused more on the fun part of it.
Two years down the line, her story began to change. A popular handle that was once tagged to her skits , suddenly started following her on Instagram. They found her contents funny and started re-posting on their page. That was it! She got more exposure…more followers…more attention.
She was still trying to figure how that happened when she got a call from a brand that they want to feature her on their comedy show. Not just that, they wanted her to create new skits for their TV.
She was that good! Her nonsense was that good!
My friend did not believe it. She was going to be paid almost half a million to be at that comedy show and millions for the contents she would create for the TV. It wasn’t going to be an easy one because professionalism had to come in, but that was the moment she had dreamt of and she was determined to make the best out of it.
She did, and her story changed for good. She became a known face in the comedy industry and social media. And she has got joy and a lot of cash to show for it. The best part is, the celebrity that called her skits nonsense not only followed her on Instagram but equally buys tickets to go for her shows.
So…what is the message?
Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t expect your empires to be built in one day. Patience and “the right hard work” are all you need to make it.
Obstacles are bound to come, but they are not meant to knock you down but to strengthen you.
For my friend, she made the obstacle that came to knock her down her focus and strength: she was determined to prove that she wasn’t doing nonsense.
The truth is that not everyone will approve of what you do, but you alone have the power to tell yourself that you cannot give up halfway. And believe me, provided that everything is pointed in the right direction, you will make it…it doesn’t matter how long it takes…you will make it.