Quitters hang out with quitters

I remember, years ago, I worked with a sports team that had a terrible season. Most of the team quit, but three of them stuck around for the next four years. Those three were remarkable young men.

I don’t know if you’ve been on a college campus lately, but there aren’t a lot of remarkable young men walking around–the kind of men that make you weep for how lucky you are to be teaching them. Those men are rare, and it can’t be a coincidence that the committed were also remarkable.

I wonder: if a quitter gets a job, is he more likely to get fired from that job?

I wonder: if two quitters get married, are they more likely to get divorced?

I wonder: if a quitter has children, is he more likely to be estranged from them as adults?

There are lots of good reasons to quit, but it seems an unshakeable truth that character and commitment are related.