A Short Story About Perseverance 

In April 2015 I began an intensive training program that literally ran 7 days a week for 12 hours a day. With that type of schedule you would assume it only lasted a week or two…Try 12 months. I had never applied myself to anything that way before. I wanted to quit numerous times, and I certainly tried, but a solid conversation with the right people can do more for us than we often give credit for.

I was in a city I had never been before. Everyday I saw the Hollywood sign from my course room and the traveler in me was teeming with excitement. Whenever I could, I would make my way out into the city at the end of the night to explore what I could of it before bed because I needed to get up early the next day.

There were numerous things about my training I didn’t like, and at the time, they were all perfect justifications for quiting.

But what really got me through it was the knowledge that I had quit almost everything I ever started before then. I had put so much on the line by starting that program. I couldn’t have it be another item on my “quit list”.

The days I woke up thinking “I’m packing my bags and going home”, I would say to myself “Kramer, complain all you want, but do it on your way to training” (I had to walk from the dorm to the campus).

Eventually I got into a groove and everything was fine. I stopped evading and began embracing my responsibilities. I even received a merit for progressing quickly through my program.

As a result of pushing through and not quitting, I developed the work ethic and the discipline to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done, with the understanding that no matter what it is, it needs to be confronted if progress is to occur.



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