“Winners never quit, quitters never win” is a quote attributed to Vince Lombardi, the great coach of the Green Bay Packers. It is a quote that sounds like him. He never gave up, no matter the odds. He told his players this. It is the reason why the Green Bay Packers became a powerhouse in the National Football League and won the first two Super Bowls ever played. It is the reason why the Super Bowl trophy is named after him, one of the greatest coaches to have ever lived. He is considered great because he never quit, he persevered.
Thomas Edison is considered one of the greatest inventors of all time because he never quit. After thousands of times trying, he finally found the right combination to give us light in the midst of darkness. Each mistake he made put him that much closer to success. He never gave up. He too persevered.
This is why failure should be viewed as being another step closer to winning. Humans have the ability to change and to use failure to their advantage.
Another inventor, Samuel Morse, before Edison, followed the same path in his contribution to the advancement of communication when he developed the telegraph here in the U.S.
All of the greats in history, including the many women who invented everything from an ironing board to circular saws to elevated trains to computer programming share one thing in common, they did not quit until they found success. Winners never quit, that is why they are called winners. It is impossible to win or succeed if one does quit.
Take the opening words of Thomas Paine in his series of pamphlets entitled, The American Crisis, “These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot may, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” He was encouraging individuals to persevere and not quit against all odds of defeating the most powerful army on the planet so that individuals could be free to seek out their own success without being restricted through the heavy taxation of the British government. Thomas Paine continued in his pamphlets by stating, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value." As these words were read aloud to General Washington’s troops on Christmas Eve in 1776, they encouraged the soldiers of that frigid night to seek the liberty that Americans have since enjoyed.
Today, Americans face a similar challenge and requires no less the determination of a Lombardi, Edison, Morse, Paine or the many women inventors of the past and present. Excessive government taxation and spending, inflation, and government initiated undeclared wars were all faced by our American ancestors. In order to prevent those conditions from happening to future generations, those Americans created the Constitution and Bill of Rights to chain down the government. Those chains have now been destroyed with the passing of numerous laws by many congresses and signed by many different presidents including, but not limited to, the Patriot Acts, the National Defense Authorization Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The once chained American government is now on the loose gobbling up greater and greater shares of the individual’s income. The challenge for Americans today is to understand how and why unchained government devastates the lives of everyone. Helping individuals learn the nature of government and the purpose for its existence is paramount to winning their hearts and minds so that they can succeed in life, no matter their level of skill, education, talent, or background.
If individuals quit on this matter, success on preserving liberty will not happen. Quitters never win. Liberty will succeed so long as individuals do not quit in their learning and understanding of the coercive nature of government. Winners never quit.
Following in the path of the likes of a Vince Lombardi, Thomas Edison, Samuel Morse, Thomas Paine, and the many women inventors of the past and present will insure that people everywhere will taste the fruits of liberty. Persevere. Do not quit and give up. Keep learning the tenets of liberty, its significance, and how it allows everyone the opportunity to succeed in life. Life without liberty is no life at all. It is slavery.
Howard J. Blitz
The Freedom Library, Inc.
December 31, 2012